War in Ukraine Timeline

Ukrainian Crisis Chronology

2013-2014 Maidan

In 2013, the endemic corruption of government bodies, the impunity of the law-enforcers and special forces, the backing of criminal groupings by the authorities led to public protests, which eventually resulted in the Revolution of Dignity. The decade of injustice and abuse over a mere man forced citizens to stand side by side against Yanukovych’s regime. In the center of the capital, Kyiv (Ukraine), at the Independence Square, unarmed protesters defended their rights and freedoms.

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21 November, 2013

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted an order to suspend the process of signing an association agreement with the EU – this event was a catalyst for further confrontation. More than 1000 activists came to the Maidan in protest and stayed there for the night [ALJAZEERA, BBC, The Guardian].

 

For the most part, these were students who did not support the return of Ukraine to the orbit of the influence of the Russian Federation and sought to step closer to Europe and its values. In the following days, numerous students from other universities and Ukrainians who saw themselves as part of the Western world with its ideals and freedoms began to join the protesters. The main requirement of the protesters was the signing of an association with the EU.

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30 November, 2013

Around 4 am, the police force and special forces “Berkut”, which had been pre-summoned to the capital from several regional centers of Ukraine, began to disperse forcefully. According to official figures, during the protest action, 37 activists were injured, 35 activists were detained by security forces. An agent and photographer of the Reuters agency suffered from police actions [REUTERS, The Economist, The Telegraph].

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1 December, 2013

The dispersal of peaceful protest and beating of students provoked the public, indifferent citizens gathered at the All-Ukrainian public meeting, according to the BBC, almost half a million people joined the protests. Subsequently, during the picketing of the Presidential Administration, there were fights with the police, during which 112 activists were injured. As a result of the actions of Berkut, about fifty Ukrainian and foreign journalists received injuries of varying degrees of severity and lost professional equipment (cameras, photo cameras, telephones, etc.) [BBC].

 

According to the victims, the security forces were not stopped by either the journalist’s certificate or the yellow vests of the press.

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8 December, 2013

People’s public meeting gathered more than 1 million participants. The protesters blocked the government quarter and smashed the monument to V. Lenin[The Guardian, The New York Times].
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29 December, 2013

A peaceful rally was held near the residence of President Viktor Yanukovych in Mezhyhirya, where the main demands of the protesters were read[BBC, Financial Times].
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16 January, 2014

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, in violation of the voting procedure, adopted the “Dictatorial Laws”, which restricted the rights and freedoms of citizens and violated the current constitution. In particular, restrictions on freedom of peaceful gatherings, restrictions on freedom of speech and the introduction of censorship in the media and the Internet, the prohibition of anti-corruption journalistic investigations, and extremism laws (which allowed the prosecutors to be prosecuted from the Maidan). In general, this package of laws intensified censorship and restricted public freedoms[BBC, The Washington Post].
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19-22 January, 2014

Peaceful protests overgrown in an active confrontation with the police, more people are joining the rally, the people make it clear what is waiting for change. The opposition calls a package of laws December 16 to attempt a coup. The confrontation begins on Hrushevsky Street. In the course of the confrontation, three activists were killed, about one thousand injured in various degrees of gravity[BBC, Aljazeera].
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23 January, 2014

There was a video on the Internet about the abuse of power by the undressed activist M. Gavrilyuk[The Guardian].
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28 January, 2014

The resignation of the head of the government of M. Azarov under the pressure of the public[BBC,The Guardian, The New York Times].
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18-19 February, 2014

The confrontation reached its peak, the security forces began to use military assault and heavy equipment, but they could not take the Maydan to storm. Part of the security forces refused to execute criminal orders and went over to the side of the protesters. The activists with considerable losses succeeded in squeezing internal troops from the Government quarter. In the course of the fighting, 78 activists were killed, and several thousand were injured[AbcNews, BBC, The Guardian].
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20 February, 2014

A special operation was initiated by the Russian Army following the annexation of the Crimean peninsula[The Guardian].
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22 February, 2014

President Yanukovych leaves Kiev, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a decree defining Viktor Yanukovych as self-abolished as president of Ukraine. The Constitution was reinstated to 2004[Aljazeera, REUTERS, The Washington Post].
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23 February, 2014

A rally was organized in Sevastopol, the demand of which was a referendum and the withdrawal from Ukraine of the Crimean peninsula. Participants of the action violating all possible legal procedures chose a new mayor – a citizen of Russia Alexei Chaly[The Guardian].
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27 February, 2014

People in the military form, without identification marks, seized the buildings of the Verkhovna Rada in Simferopol and the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which installed Russian flags. Subsequently, the territory of the peninsula was thrown Russian troops. A key role in occupation was played by the Russian military grouping, based on the Russian military base in Sevastopol[REUTERS, The New York Post, The Guardian].

At the same time, armed detachments were blocked on the Perekop Isthmus and the peninsula Chongar – it was already impossible to reach the Crimea in the dry land. The Belbek airport was seized in Sevastopol. Under pressure, the military government of Anatoly Mogilev was dismissed, Sergey Aksenov, the leader of the party “Russian Unity”, was appointed as a new prime minister.

2014-2015 War Conflict

Serhiy Aksonov’s appeal to Putin to help secure peace and tranquility in the Crimean peninsula. In response, on the same day, the President of the Russian Federation sent a proposal to the Federation Council to introduce Russian troops to the Crimea. Both chambers of the State Duma on 1 March, 2014 voted for the introduction of Russian troops into the territory of Ukraine.

From this day on, Russian troops begin large-scale military actions aimed at blocking Ukrainian military bases on the territory of the Crimea, seizing administrative premises, controlling highways and other strategically important objects.

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11 March, 2014

The Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the Sevastopol City Council adopted a declaration on the independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, according to which, in the event of the decision of the peoples of Crimea[REUTERS, The Telegraph].

As a result of the referendum, to join the Russian Federation, the Crimea will be declared a sovereign republic and in this status it will turn to the Russian Federation proposed the adoption of the respective interstate agreement of the Russian Federation as a new subject of the Russian Federation.

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16 March, 2014

A referendum on the status of the Crimea was held. The appointment of a referendum took place contrary to the Ukrainian legislation, which does not include local referendums, and for issues on changing the borders of Ukraine requires an all-Ukrainian referendum. Despite the decree of the Acting President of Ukraine O. Turchinov, the suspension of the decision of the Crimean parliament, as well as the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, which recognized the announcement of the referendum as not in line with the Constitution of Ukraine, as well as the position of the UN Security Council referendum was held [BBC, The Guardian, The New York Times].

The so-called “international observers”, whom the Russian Federation and the Crimean separatists allowed to work on the “referendum” on the peninsula, were representatives of ultra-right, neo-Nazi and communist European parties and persons with Nazi and Neo-Stalinist views. In the conditions of boycotting the referendum by the Crimean Tatar people, the presence of a large number of armed Russian servicemen and falsifications, the referendum in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea collected more than 1.2 million filled ballots (corresponding to 83.10% of the total number of voters), of which 96.77% witnessed the choice “for the reunification of the Crimea with Russia as a subject of the Russian Federation”.

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18 March, 2014

At 16:00 in St. George’s Hall of the Great Kremlin Palace Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Republic of Crimea SV Aksenov, chairman of the newly formed “State Council” of the self-proclaimed Republic of Crimea V. A. Konstantinov, and mayor Sevastopol O. M. Chaly signed a so-called “Treaty on the Adoption of the Crimea in the composition of Russia “.

Putin, as a sign of gratitude, allocated the peninsula 15 billion rubles for assistance. Also from that day, a statement was made about south-eastern Ukraine as the historical south of Russia.

The Treaty on the Adoption of the Crimea to the Russian Federation was ratified by the State Duma of the Russian Federation (almost unanimously – only Illya Ponomariov spoke against it, four deputies did not vote), and March 21 – Federation Council, and came into force.  On the occasion of the annexation of the Crimea, a wave of solemn events swept through Russia, a medal of the Ministry of Defense of Russia “For the return of Crimea” was introduced[BBC, The New York Times].

In March 2015, information appeared that 14,000 of 18,000 Ukrainian soldiers did not leave the Crimea, and it became known that the lists of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in 2014 was increased by 9,200 people.

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19 March, 2014

The first wave of mobilization. Decree of the President of Ukraine (reference). Mobilized 35,300 people[The Telegraph].
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25 March, 2014

Sashko Bilyi was killed near the city of Rivne, the leader of the radical “Right Sector” movement. Soon after, the Security Service of Ukraine reported that it was a planned operation. The Prosecutor General’s Office completed an investigation into the circumstances of the death of Muzychko, proving that he shot himself[The Washington Post, BBC].
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27 March, 2014

The entry into force of the resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations “On Supporting the Territorial Integrity of Ukraine”. This day is officially considered the beginning of the occupation of the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol[UNITED NATION, BBC, The New York Times].

In connection with the annexation of the Crimea, the Russian Federation has violated a number of international treaties, in particular: the Helsinki Final Act of 1975, the inviolability of the borders in Europe; Budapest Memorandum of 1994 on security assurances in Ukraine; Agreement on friendship, cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and Russia in 1997; Agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on the Ukrainian-Russian State Border of 28.01.2003 (ratified on 20.04.2004)

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7 April, 2014

In the East of Ukraine, there are Anti-Maidan, pro-Russian protests, activists opposed the events in the capital. They seized administrative buildings in Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Luhansk. For counteraction, an anti-crisis headquarters was created[BBC].
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9 April, 2014

The world community is concerned about the occupation of the Crimea. It demands that Russia respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine and take away its “green men”[The Guardian].

Separatists tried to seize Mariupol, during the armed confrontation, 20 people were killed and 49 Ukrainian citizens (military and activists) were injured[The Telegraph].

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12 April, 2014

The armed forces of the separatists led by Igor Grcna occupied the city of Kramatorsk and Slavyansk. Also, a number of state institutions and houses of power structures were captured. Ukraine launches ATO (Anti-terrorist operation)[The Guardian, The Telegraph].
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17 April - 05 July, 2014

Fights for Karachun Mountain. A protracted confrontation for controlling the Karachun Mountain between the armed forces of Ukraine and separatists, during which the Ukrainian troops managed to seize this strategic altitude. During the battles more than 20 Ukrainian soldiers died. The militants shot down several helicopters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine using Russian MANPADS.
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2 May, 2014

Tragedy in Odessa. Massive clashes between pro-Ukrainian citizens and pro-Russian activists. The House of Trade Unions and the death of about 40 people[Deutsche Welle, The Guardian].
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7 May, 2014

The second wave of mobilization. Decree of the President of Ukraine (reference). Mobilized 15,000 people[CNN].
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11 May, 2014

Conducting a “Referendum on the Independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic”. In violation of all possible international rules of law, the independence of the so-called “People’s Republics” – the DPR and LNR – was proclaimed[Aljazeera, BBC, The Guardian].
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25 May, 2014

The extraordinary presidential elections were held. The winner of the election was Petro Poroshenko. For the first time, a new head of state is elected in the first round[OSCE, BBC].
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26 May, 2014 - 21 January, 2015

Fights for the Donetsk airport. Armed confrontation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and separatists for the control over the strategic object. During the battles, 200 Ukrainian soldiers were killed, more than half a thousand were injured[CNN, The Telegraph, The New York Times].
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05 May - 29 August, 2014

Fighting for the control of the Savur-Mohyla mound. In the battles, 49 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 120 were injured[The Washington Post, REUTERS].
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14 May, 2014

The catastrophe IL-76 in Luhansk. The terrorist act was committed by LNR militants. When landing at the Luhansk airport, an IL-76 transport aircraft was shot down with Ukrainian soldiers on board. In the crash all passengers (40 military) and crew (9 people) died[BBC, REUTERS, The Telegraph].
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19 May, 2014

Nadezhda Savchenko falls into the hands of terrorists. Subsequently, she was illegally detained in the prison of Voronezh and groundlessly accused of murder of Russian journalists[The Guardian].
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5 July, 2014

Liberation of Slavic and Kramatorsk fighters of the Armed Forces. As a result of the inadequate administration and financial problems, part of the separatists left their positions – they used Ukrainian soldiers and returned Slovyansk and Kramatorsk under their control[BBC, The Guardian, Le Monde].
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17 July, 2014

Malaysia Airlines passenger plane aircraft crash, which killed all passengers and crew (a total of 298 people). The aircraft was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile complex “Buk” of Russian production. The plane performed a regular flight MH17 from Amsterdam (the Netherlands) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). The remains of the plane fell near the city of Torez, Donetsk region. On board were 298 people (283 passengers and 15 crew members), nobody escaped[BBC, The Telegraph, CNN].

According to preliminary data, the plane was shot down by the “ground-air” rocket launched by Russian saboteurs or pro-Russian terrorists from the territory of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. with the help of self-propelled Antiaircraft missile system “Buk” M1 delivered by the Russian Federation.

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24 July, 2014

The third wave of mobilization. Decree of the President of Ukraine (reference). Plan to mobilize 60,000 people. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine disbanded the faction of the Communist Party of Ukraine. In the upcoming parliamentary elections that took place in October, the Communist Party was not able to enter the parliament[The President of Ukraine].
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28 July, 2014 – 18 February, 2015

Fights for Debaltsevo. There were protracted battles for a strategic railway solution that unites Lugansk with Donetsk. The separatists managed to keep control of the city. The Armed Forces lost 79 killed people and 500 wounded.

In mid-January 2015, the Debaltsevo military operation began, which reached a critical point of boiling on February 15, 2015. It is still unclear what it was like – an “organized withdrawal” of Ukrainian units or an emergency exit from an ultra-heavy fighting environment[Deutsche Welle, CNN, The New York Times].

According to various sources, during the withdrawal from Debaltsev, 13 to 163 soldiers were killed, 157 were injured, 110 Ukrainian servicemen were captured, and 31 soldiers disappeared.

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06 August - 03 September, 2014

Fight for Ilovajsk. The tragic event is also known as the “Ilovaisky Cauldron”.

Fighting near Ilovajsk became one of the turning points of the war in eastern Ukraine: Ukraine’s armed forces lost their initiative in the Donbass and switched from attack to defense. The Ukrainian leadership led to the heavy losses before the Minsk Armistice was concluded within the framework of the Ukraine-Russia-OSCE Contact Group with the involvement of representatives of Russian militants[Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal].

On 12 October, 2014, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko confirmed the report of the resignation of Defense Minister Valery Geletey.

As of the end of August 2017, the process of the installation, identification, and reburial of the dead practically completed. In these battles, on 7-31 August, 2014, 368 Ukrainian fighters fell, and 18 were missing[The Guardian].

According to the findings of the Interim Commission of Inquiry, headed by Andriy Senchenko, the causes of the Ilovaisk tragedy were the following: the failure to establish a military situation, the poor organization of the country’s defense and the inadequate actions of Defense Minister Valery Geletey and Chief of General Staff Viktor Muzhenko.

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5 August, 2014

The signing of the Minsk agreements. An agreement on a temporary armistice in the war in eastern Ukraine[BBC, OSCE, The Guardian].
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16 September, 2014

The European Parliament at the same time with the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratified the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU[BBC, Government Portal of Ukraine].
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23 December, 2014

Extraordinary elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Democratic forces gained a victory, many public activists, journalists, participants of Maidan and ATO came to parliament[BBC, REUTERS].

In the same day, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted for the abolition of the non-aligned status, which became the first step towards joining NATO[BBC].

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13 January, 2015

A shelling of a checkpoint under Volnovaha. The separatists fired the bus that passed passport control, at the checkpoint, near the city of Volnovaha, using BM-21 “Grad”. As a result of the attack, 12 people were killed and 18 were injured[OSCE, The Guardian, The Telegraph].
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17 January, 2015

The video of the Ukrainian journalist Ruslan Kotsaba appeared in the network calling for a boycott of a new wave of mobilization during the war on the Donbass, which was subsequently detained by the Ukrainian authorities in a preventive measure on suspicion of treason and interference with the activities of the Armed Forces[Amnesty International, The Guardian].
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20 January, 2015

The fourth wave of mobilization. Decree of the President of Ukraine [The President of Ukraine]. The plan is to mobilize 50,500 people.
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24 January, 2015

The firing of Mariupol. A series of bombardments of residential neighborhoods in Mariupol by separatists using the MRL “Grad” and “Tornado”. From the shelling, 30 people died and 129 injured[BBC, REUTERS, The Guardian].
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02 February, 2015

Tragic death in the accident of Andrei Kuzmenko, leader of the “Scriabin” group. There are many versions on the Internet that this was not a casual accident, but an ordered murder. This version is confirmed by the witness of the accident[Euroradio].

Andriy Kuzmenko had an active political position, which he often expressed in an interview. He constantly helped the ATO fighters financially and was also known for the fact that sometimes he came to the hospital where the fighters were being treated and for a long time communicated with them. The activities of Ukrainian politicians were constantly criticized by Mr Kuzmenko.

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10 February, 2015

The firing of Kramatorsk. Rocket shelling of the airdrome and residential districts of Kramatorsk separatists using heavy artillery weapons (BM-30 “Smerch”). 17 people were killed and 47 people injured[OSCE, REUTERS].
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09 February, 2015

The international organization Amnesty International has called for the authorities to immediately release Ruslan Kotsuba, who is believed to be a prisoner of conscience. On the same day, the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine expressed its concern over the decision of the Kotsaba detention center[The Guardian].

The Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine believes that the blogger’s calls to boycott mobilization under war conditions fit into the anti-Ukrainian information campaign, and the detention of a journalist was lawful under Ukrainian law. However, this creates a precedent where every journalist or public figure for statements that contradict the official position of the authorities may be accused of treason.

2015

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13 January, 2015

A shelling of a checkpoint under Volnovaha. The separatists fired the bus that passed passport control, at the checkpoint, near the city of Volnovaha, using BM-21 “Grad”. As a result of the attack, 12 people were killed and 18 were injured[OSCE, The Guardian, The Telegraph].
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17 January, 2015

The video of the Ukrainian journalist Ruslan Kotsaba appeared in the network calling for a boycott of a new wave of mobilization during the war on the Donbass, which was subsequently detained by the Ukrainian authorities in a preventive measure on suspicion of treason and interference with the activities of the Armed Forces[Amnesty International, The Guardian].
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20 January, 2015

The fourth wave of mobilization. Decree of the President of Ukraine[The President of Ukraine]. The plan is to mobilize 50,500 people.
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24 January, 2015

The firing of Mariupol. A series of bombardments of residential neighborhoods in Mariupol by separatists using the MRL “Grad” and “Tornado”. From the shelling, 30 people died and 129 injured[BBC, REUTERS, The Guardian].
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02 February, 2015

Tragic death in the accident of Andrei Kuzmenko, leader of the “Scriabin” group. There are many versions on the Internet that this was not a casual accident, but an ordered murder. This version is confirmed by the witness of the accident[Euroradio].

Andriy Kuzmenko had an active political position, which he often expressed in an interview. He constantly helped the ATO fighters financially and was also known for the fact that sometimes he came to the hospital where the fighters were being treated and for a long time communicated with them. The activities of Ukrainian politicians were constantly criticized by Mr Kuzmenko.

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09 February, 2015

The international organization Amnesty International has called for the authorities to immediately release Ruslan Kotsuba, who is believed to be a prisoner of conscience. On the same day, the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine expressed its concern over the decision of the Kotsaba detention center[The Guardian].

The Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine believes that the blogger’s calls to boycott mobilization under war conditions fit into the anti-Ukrainian information campaign, and the detention of a journalist was lawful under Ukrainian law. However, this creates a precedent where every journalist or public figure for statements that contradict the official position of the authorities may be accused of treason.

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10 February, 2015

The firing of Kramatorsk. Rocket shelling of the airdrome and residential districts of Kramatorsk separatists using heavy artillery weapons (BM-30 “Smerch”). 17 people were killed and 47 people injured[OSCE, REUTERS].
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11 February, 2015

Meeting of the “Norman Four” in Minsk. As part of the President of Ukraine, P.Poroshenko, German Chancellor A.Merkel, President of France F.Oland and President of the Russian Federation V.Putin. As a result of the talks, the leaders of the “four” adopted a declaration in support of a set of measures to implement the Minsk agreements[BBC, Bloomberg, The Guardian].

However, due to non-fulfillment by either side of all agreements, this agreement was ineffective.

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23 March, 2015

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko dismissed billionaire Igor Kolomoisky from the post of chairman of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration. On the same day in a network, there was a video of the resignation of the oligarch[The Economist, The Guardian].

Kolomoisky’s resignation was preceded by a conflict around Ukrnafta’s company. 50% + 1 share of the company belonged to the state, but due to the quorum rule for shareholders’ meeting, 60% of the law on joint-stock companies of the Privat Group, which owns 42% of the shares, could block any initiative.

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16 April, 2015

The murder of Buzina. Oles Buzina – Ukrainian publicist, essayist, TV presenter. Known, among other things, by the book ” Wurdalak Taras Shevchenko”, which was recognized by the Office of Public Prosecutor of Ukraine as a kind of stirring up of interethnic hostility[AbcNews, BBC, REUTERS].

Petro Poroshenko said that in his opinion the murder was aimed at “destabilizing the domestic political situation in Ukraine, discrediting the political choice of the Ukrainian people”. The reaction of Volodymyr Putin, who called it a “political” murder, was instantaneous. On May 23, 2016, the Kiev Pechersk court refused to comply with the petition for the extension of a personal commitment to Andriy Medvedko, who was suspected of murdering Oles Buzina.

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20 April, 2015

The fifth wave of mobilization. Decree of the President of Ukraine[The President of Ukraine]. The plan is to mobilize 25,000 people.
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12 May, 2015

Journalist Ruslan Kotsaba was sentenced to 3.5 years imprisonment by a decision of Ivano-Frankivsk city court. The court did not see in the actions of the defendant state treason but qualified them according to Article 114-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (obstruction of the legitimate actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during a special period)[Concil of Europe].
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19 June, 2015

The sixth wave of mobilization. Decree of the President of Ukraine[Ministry of Defence of Ukraine]. The plan is to mobilize 25,000 people. 13,000 people were mobilized.
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03 - 04 July, 2015

Fights in the Marinka area. Several times the city and its surroundings passed from hand to hand. In the end, the Armed Forces of Ukraine succeeded in capturing Marinka. Losses: 4 killed and 39 wounded Ukrainian soldiers[BBC, OSCE, The New York Times].
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20 November, 2015

The undermining of the electrical support on the territory of the Kherson region, which supplied electricity to the Crimea. The peninsula was completely exhausted. Participants of the action on the blockade of Crimea for a long time prevented the repair of the transmission lines. They called for the termination of power units the release of political prisoners and the cessation of repression against Crimean Tatars, the abolition of the law of Ukraine on the free economic zone “Crimea”. Only December 8, with the consent of the blockade members of the electric power to the Crimea began to submit one of the transmission lines[BBC].

2016

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01 January, 2016

The Free Trade Area between Ukraine and the European Union entered into force. The two-year term of non-permanent membership of Ukraine in the UN Security Council began[European Commission].
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20 February, 2016

In the center of Kiev beat windows in the office of SCM Company of Rinat Akhmetov. Participants in the disorder took the fighters to the OUN battalion headed by the leader of the OUN M.Kohanovsky. His chiefs threw stones at the Alfa Bank office on Khreshchatyk[The New York Times, accesWDUN].
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24 February, 2016

The Armed Forces of Ukraine took Shirokine to strengthen the safety of Mariupol. The separatists suddenly left Shirokine without any shot. According to the Minsk Agreements, this city is the territory of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. On this day, our military was returned to the industrial area of the city of Avdeyivka near Donetsk.
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08 March, 2016

The Armed Forces of Ukraine took under fire control the Yasinuvat settlement and secured it there. This was an important strategic position because it was here that the connection between the occupied Donetsk and Horlivka was going on[BBC].
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03 April, 2016

The promulgation of the results of the Panamanian documents that contain information on the private property of politicians from different countries (including the President of Ukraine P.Poroshenko)[The Guardian, The Economist, REUTERS].
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14 April, 2016

After A.Yatsenyuk’s resignation, Groisman Volodymyr Borisovich was elected the new Prime Minister of Ukraine. A new government was formed, and Andriy Parubius became the speaker instead of Groisman[AbcNews, BBC, The New York Times].
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25 May, 2016

The exchange of Nadia Savchenko in Rostov on prisoners of warrant in Ukraine Erofeev and Aleksandrov. In general, N. Savchenko was in Russian captivity since 17 June, 2014, when she was very enthusiastic about Luhansk, and during this time she was elected the People’s Deputy of Ukraine, a delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and was awarded the title “Hero of Ukraine”[Deutsche Welle, The Guardian,The New York Times].
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29 May, 2016

The Verkhovna Rada has appointed Yuriy Lutsenko as the new Attorney General of Ukraine – for this it was necessary to remove from the law the norm about the necessity of legal education of the Attorney General[REUTERS].
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14 July, 2016

the Court of Appeal of Ivano-Frankivsk region, considering the prepared appeals file of Ruslan Kotsabi, found him innocent on all charges, fully justified, and released Kotsuba in custody in the courtroom that was part of the society negatively assessed, the prosecutor’s office prepares a cassation appeal in the case.
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20 July, 2016

In Kyiv, journalist Pavel Sheremet was beaten up in Kyiv as a result of undermining his own car. The killers of the journalist have not yet been found[BBC, OSCE, The New York Times].
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30 July, 2016

For the second time, a former People’s Deputy from the Party of Regions Oleksandr Efremov was arrested in Borispol on suspicion of encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and possession of the property of the state enterprise “Luganskugol” by abuse of office[The Ukrainian week].
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06 August, 2016

A shootout in the Crimea near Armenian: according to the Russian version, between the FSB of Russia and the “Ukrainian Sovereign-Intelligence Group “, which allegedly attempted to break into the occupied territory of the Crimea for the commission of terrorist acts; according to the Ukrainian version – the shooting of the victims between the representatives of various power structures of the aggressor state due to misunderstanding and lack of interaction[The Washington Post].
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09 August, 2016

NABU detectives exposed Nikolay Chausa, a judge of the Dnipro district court of Kiev, for a bribe of 150 thousand dollars. At the same time, law enforcement officers were unable to detain Judge Chausa through his judge’s immunity[New York Post].

Mykola Chaus conducted criminal cases against members of EuroMaydan, as well as businessman Yuriy Ivanušchenko and ex-head of the “UKROP” party Gennady Korban. Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko acknowledged that only the Verkhovna Rada, which is currently on vacation, can give permission to arrest a judge. On August 11 it became known that M. Chaus disappeared.

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07 September, 2016

The European Union has extended sanctions against 146 physical and 37 legal entities from Russia, Ukraine and the occupied Crimea due to the seizure of the Crimea in 2014 for another 6 months[European Union].
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14 October, 2016

President P.Poroshenko unveiled the loss of the military personnel of the Armed Forces from the beginning of the ATO in 2014 – 2533 people. A total of 280,000 Ukrainian citizens took part in the ATO.
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16 October, 2016

One of the leaders of the terrorists of the DPR, a Russian citizen, the leader of the Sparta group, nicknamed “Motorola” (Arsen Sergeevich Pavlov), was killed in an apartment building in a residential building in Donetsk, occupied by Donetsk[BBC, The New York Times, The Guardian].
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14 November, 2016

Hatiya Dekanoydze resigned as head of the National Police. According to her, the National Police have not managed to eradicate corruption, and politicians are interfering with the work of the department[REUTERS, FOX NEWS].
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15 November, 2016

The International Criminal Court (The Hague Tribunal) stated that “it considers the situation in the occupied Crimea to be the equivalent of an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation”, which began not later than 26 February, 2014[Financial Times, UNIAN].
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16 November, 2016

According to a study by the international organization Transparency International on corruption, the most corrupt countries in Europe and Central Asia are Ukraine, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, and Serbia[Transparency International].
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29 November, 2016

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said that Minsk could not agree on either the “road map” of the Donbas, or the control of the OSCE non-controlled area of the Ukrainian-Russian border, or about the possibility of holding elections[REUTERS].
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18 December, 2016

Fights at Svitlodarsky arc — an episode of the war in eastern Ukraine south of the city of Svitlodarsk Donetsk region. Svitlodar arc – a line of defense, which, in early 2015, departed from the Debaltsevo ATO force. The city of Svetlodarsk has a strategic significance: to the north of the “arc”, on the territory under the control of Ukraine, is Vuglegirskaya thermal power station, to the south – the city of Debaltsevo[BBC, The Washington Post].

This day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine suffered losses: five soldiers were killed, six were wounded and 10 injured, one soldier was missing. According to intelligence, the enemy’s losses were at least 25 people killed and 30 wounded.

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19 December, 2016

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution ” The state of affairs with human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)”. The resolution, in particular, calls on Russia, as an invading state, to abide by its obligations under international law and immediately release Ukrainian citizens who have been illegally detained and convicted without taking into account elementary norms of justice[UNITED NATION].
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20 December, 2016

The United States has extended sanctions against Russia in connection with the situation in Ukraine. The list includes seven individuals and dozens of organizations, as well as two ships under the Russian flag. The assets of people and organizations from the blacklist will be frozen in the United States, American residents are prohibited from having relations with them[BBC, The New York Times].
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23 December, 2016

The armed forces of Ukraine took in the “gray” zone the settlement of Novolugansk in the Bakhmut district at Svitlodarsky arc in the ATO zone.
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26 December, 2016

Blockade of the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO block) — measures aimed at the temporary complete cessation of transport links between the state of Ukraine and temporarily occupied by Russia and controlled by pro-Russian criminal groups in the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions[OSCE, BBC].

2017

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24 January, 2017

Ukrainian military servicemen announced that they would take control of the section of the Donetsk-Horlivka highway near Yasinuvatoy under control, which makes it impossible to move this route of enemy military equipment.
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29 January, 2017

In the region of the Avdeyevka industrial zone intensive shelling of small arms and mortars began in positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the next day, with the support of the Minsk-based agreements of the MRL and artillery banned by the Minsk Treaty, attempts were made to counter-attack the separatist forces; Electricity and water supply have disappeared in Avdeyevka because of bombardments; an emergency situation was introduced; At present, the city has 25,000 inhabitants. On January 31, the OSCE accused both sides of the conflict of provocations in Avdiivka, and the UN Security Council called for an immediate end to the fighting in the Donbass[Aljazeera, OSCE].
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18 February, 2017

Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Germany, France and the Russian Federation in Munich agreed on a ceasefire on the Donbass from February 20, 2017, which was subsequently violated[BBC, The Guardian, The New York Times].
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19 February, 2017

Participants of the rally in front of the Presidential Administration were suppressed in support of the Donbas trade blockade and law enforcement. About 10 people were injured, among them – a police officer. Several participants of the action were temporarily detained, including the head of the OUN Nikolai Kokhanivsky. Activists moved to Maidan, where they decided to organize a headquarters.
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01 March, 2017

LNR / DPR leaders in response to a blockade by activists, ORDLO, announced the formal introduction of external management (that is, “watching”) on several dozen Ukrainian enterprises located in the Donbass-occupied by Russia.
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23 March, 2017

A fire at the artillery warehouses (the largest in Ukraine, about 128,000 tons), which caused an explosion of ammunition, occurred at night under the Balakleya of Kharkiv region. There were evacuated the surrounding villages and part of the district center of Balaklia – only about 20,000 people. One of the versions – this is the scourge of Russian saboteurs[BBC, REUTERS].
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01 April, 2017

Another blockade of fire was announced at the front in the Donbass, but on the same day, both sides declared a violation of the silence regime[Deutsche Welle].
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06 April, 2017

The European Parliament voted to provide citizens of Ukraine with a visa-free regime[European Parliament].
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19 April, 2017

The UN International Court of Justice in the Hague has partially upheld Ukraine’s lawsuit against Russia. The court ordered the authorities of the Russian Federation to provide residents of the captured Crimea with the opportunity to receive education in the Ukrainian language, and the Crimean Tatars – the right to represent their interests (Mejlis). However, the court did not find Russia guilty of financing terrorism and refused to take action on this part of the suit[American Society of International Law].
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25 April, 2017

Ukraine stopped supplying electricity to the regions of Luhansk region occupied by Russia in connection with huge debts – the Republic of Donbass owes 11 billion hryvnias for electricity. On the same day, Russian representatives announced a decision to start supplying electricity to the occupied territories for their part[Aljazeera, REUTERS, Deutsche Welle].
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11 May, 2017

The Council of the European Union has decided to grant Ukraine a visa-free regime[Aljazeera, Deutsche Welle].
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13 May, 2017

In the ATO zone during the artillery shooting of Avdiivka, a Russian shell fell into a dwelling house, four peaceful inhabitants died[Deutsche WelleREUTERS].
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16 May, 2017

President P.Poroshenko introduced the Decree of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine “On the Application of Personal Special Economic and other Restrictive Measures (Sanctions)”, which stipulates inter alia the blocking of access to social networks “VKontakte” and “Odnoklassniki”, as well as to sites Mail.Ru Group and Yandex (the search engine itself will work)[BBC, The Guardian, The Economist].

In addition, sanctions include blocking access to 1С Softline Group, Parus Corporation and a number of other Russian IT companies. Also, sanctions were imposed against RBC, TV Center, NTV Plus, Star, and anti-virus companies Kaspersky Lab and DrWeb.

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17 May, 2017

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, head of the European Parliament Antonio Tayani and the representative of the Presidency of the European Union in Malta signed in Strasbourg an agreement on a visa-free regime between Ukraine and the European Union[Deutsche Welle].
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23 May, 2017

Involving more than 1700 National Police officers and about 500 military prosecutors conducted 454 searches in 15 regions, while simultaneously detaining 23 former (at the time of V.Yanukovych) executives of the tax service of the regional level, who were taken to the Pechersk Court for the purpose of taking preventive measures[OSCE].
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01 June, 2017

An armed attack on ATO participants, Chechen volunteers Adam Osmayev and sniper Amin Okuyev, who served in the Kiev-2 police battalion, took place in Kyiv. The victims expressed the version that a Chechen killer was prepared and sent by Russian special services.

In the same day, the High Specialized Court upheld the Prosecutor’s Office’s appeal and revoked the acquittal against journalist Ruslan Kotsaba[The New York Times].

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20 June, 2017

The US has extended sanctions against Russia imposed through the situation in Ukraine. In total, 38 individuals and organizations have been added to the list. In connection with the conflict in Ukraine, the US as a whole imposed sanctions against 407 companies and 160 people[Bloomberg, The New York Times].
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21 June, 2017

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that 25 people detained in Melitopol were suspected of participating in the destabilization of the situation in the city, the preparation of armed action, a series of criminal offenses and arson since March 2017. The SBU has previously established that the activities of the group were directed by curators from Russia[Aljazeera].
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02 September, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin said for the first time that the presence of UN peacekeepers in the Donbass would help resolve the conflict in Ukraine, but they should be based exclusively on the line of demarcation. According to him, the question can be “only about the functions of ensuring the security of the OSCE staff”.

Kiev rejected the proposal of the Russian president, stressing that any peacekeeping mission should be located throughout the occupied territory and Russia can not participate as an aggressor state[BBC, REUTERS].

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10 September, 2017

Supporters of Saakashvili broke through the border between the border guards and police and passed the ex-president of Georgia and the ex-governor of the Odessa region to the territory of Ukraine on the evening at the checkpoint in Shegina. In fact, M. Saakashvili, deprived of Georgian and Ukrainian citizenship, was in Ukraine without documents[Aljazeera, BBC, Deutsche Welle].
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17 October, 2017

A protest rally took place near the building of the Verkhovna Rada of the former Odessa governor Mikhail Saakashvili and other opposition politicians and political forces. The participants of the action demanded, in particular, the abolition of parliamentary immunity, the creation of an anti-corruption court and the introduction of a proportional electoral system with open lists. As a result of clashes under the walls of the Council, four people were hurt – one policeman and three members of the rally.
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25 October, 2017

In the evening, near the exit from the Espresso TV studio in Solomianka, an explosion of a mined motorcycle in Kyiv resulted in the wounding of the People’s Deputy of Ukraine Igor Mosiichuk and the political technician Vitaliy Bal; a casual passerby (a policeman Michael Mormel and one of the guards of the People’s Deputy – Police Ruslan Kushnir[The Telegraph, REUTERS].
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30 October, 2017

As a result of an ambush of automatic weapons of the automobile, which was led by a commander of the volunteer battalion named after Dzhohar Dudayev Adam Osmayev near the Glevakha near Kiev killed a Chechen activist, doctor and volunteer Amin Okuyev. The driver was injured[BBC, The Guardian].
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28 November, 2017

According to the UN, 1,6 million internally displaced persons are registered in Ukraine – it is the ninth largest refugee population in the world[UNIAN].
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03 December, 2017

The March of the People’s Impeachment, organized by the Movement of New Forces Mikhail Saakashvili, took place in Kyiv, in which over 5,000 people took part[REUTERS].
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05 December, 2017

The detention of M. Saakashvili’s opposition politician in Kyiv by the security forces on the roof of his house and the release of his supporters; Attorney General Yuriy Lutsenko unveils audio recordings of telephone conversations with the discussion of cooperation between M. Saakashvili and Sergei Kurchenko (a runaway oligarch of Yanukovych’s times). M. Saakashvili was wanted by 3 articles of the Criminal Code[Aljazeera, The New York Times].

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, Fata Bensuda, published her annual report on the results of a preliminary investigation into the events in Ukraine during the Revolution of Dignity, the annexation of the Crimea and the beginning of the Russian aggression against Ukraine in the east. The report contains the results of the investigation from 1 October, 2016 to 30 November, 2017. The document refers to an international military conflict involving the Russian Federation.

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08 December, 2017

The leader of the party, the Movement of New Forces Mikhail Saakashvili, was re-arrested and placed in jail; On 10 December, the Pechersk Court released Saakashvili from custody[Aljazeera, NYAToday].
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27 December, 2017

The prisoner exchange process took place in Donbass (the only one in 2017). On the Ukrainian side, Russians handed over 73 hostages; Ukraine has transferred 233 detainees to Donbass. President Petro Poroshenko said that at the same time the Russian arrested citizens were not released, as it is planned to do it only in exchange for Ukrainians convicted in the Russian Federation[BBC, Deutsche Welle, The Guardian].

According to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the irrecoverable losses of ATO forces in the Donbass from the beginning of 2017 to 18 December amounted to 191 people, 174 servicemen were injured

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27 December, 2017

The prisoner exchange process took place in Donbass (the only one in 2017). On the Ukrainian side, Russians handed over 73 hostages; Ukraine has transferred 233 detainees to Donbass. President Petro Poroshenko said that at the same time the Russian arrested citizens were not released, as it is planned to do it only in exchange for Ukrainians convicted in the Russian Federation.
The hottest points still are Piski, Avdeyivka, Shirokine, Krasnogorovka, urban settlement Stanitsa Lugansk, Crimea, and Dokuchayevsk.

*( Official data of General Staff) As of October 28, 2017, the military losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the ATO zone amounted to 10 thousand 710 soldiers. Of these, 2333 are irreversible, and 8377 are sanitary (injured and traumatized).

* The specified human losses are preliminary and are updated continuously. Some of the information is still classified.

2018

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01 January, 2018

In the Vyshgorod district of the Kyiv region in one of the rivers, law enforcement officers found the body of a human rights defender Irina Nozdrovsky missing three days ago. The human rights activist was engaged in the case of the death of her sister, who was shot down by Dmitry Rossoshansky, nephew of the head of the Vyshgorod district court, in the Demidov village on 30 September, 2015. As relatives of women argued, she constantly received threats from Rossoshansky[BBC, The Guardian, The New York Times].
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18 January, 2018

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law “On peculiarities of the state policy of ensuring the state sovereignty of Ukraine over temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts”, which, in particular, defines Russia as an aggressor state, establishes that uncontrolled Kiev territory of Donetsk and Lugansk region is temporarily occupied[BBC, The Independent].
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26 January, 2018

Kyiv Court of Appeal has identified a preventive measure for M. Saakashvili – a nightly arrest. The US Treasury Department has extended sanctions against Russia due to the situation in Ukraine for 21 physical entities and 9 legal entities[REUTERS].
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30 January, 2018

US Treasury Department published the “Kremlin Report” – a list of people close to Moscow’s president, V. Putin, who may fall under new US sanctions for aggressive policies, in particular, against Ukraine. The list includes 210 people – 114 policy-makers and 96 big business oligarchs[Aljazeera, The New York Times].
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10 February, 2018

Leader of the “Movement of New Forces”, Mikhail Saakashvili, was detained in a metropolitan restaurant and deported an aircraft to Poland on the basis of a statement on readmission submitted by the National Migration Service of Ukraine to the Polish side[Aljazeera].
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3 March, 2018

Police liquidated the tent camp under the Verkhovna Rada in Kyiv, formed in October in support of Mikhail Saakashvili’s policy (“MihoMaidan”). During the dismantling of tents there were clashes between law enforcement officers and protesters, and more than 100 people were temporarily detained[VOANEWS].
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12 March, 2018

Council of the European Union has extended sanctions against 150 individuals and 38 Russian companies through the annexation of the Crimea for another six months – until September 15, 2018[REUTERS].
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21 March, 2018

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko put into operation the decision of the National Security and Defense Council, which provides for a preliminary examination of the grounds for entry of foreigners from countries of migration risk, in particular, Russians, to Ukraine. Citizens from this list, first of all, citizens of Russia, will have to inform the authorities of Ukraine about their intention to make a trip in advance by electronic channels.
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22 March, 2018

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, on the basis of the materials of the Security Service of Ukraine and the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, removed the parliamentary immunity from Nadezhda Savchenko, after which she was immediately detained by the Security Service of Ukraine, N. Savchenko was suspected of preparing terrorist attacks (in particular, in the building of the Verkhovna Rada) and seizing power[Aljazeera, BBC, The Washington Post].
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26 March, 2018

Petro Poroshenko has announced the deportation of 13 Russian troops from Ukraine to support Britain (and in solidarity with most of the western countries) on 4 March in a Salisbury-based Russian ex-spy, S. Skripal. 30 March, Russia announced the expulsion of an equivalent number of diplomats in Europe and the United States[REUTERS].
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6 April, 2018

US Treasury Department has imposed sanctions against 24 representatives of the Russian elite: 7 oligarchs (including Oleg Deripaska, Victor Vekselberg, Ihor Rothenberg) and 17 Kremlin high officials (in particular, the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation), and also against 12 related legal entities[abcNEWS, REUTERS, The Guardian].

Sanctions imply freezing assets, arresting real estate and banning entry. On 9 April, it was reported that only during the day Russian oligarchs lost $ 15 billion (up to 20% of the stakes), the stock market collapsed and the dollar rose in Russia.

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21 April, 2018

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OSHA) stated that more than 2,540 civilians were killed and 9,000 were injured as a result of hostilities in eastern Ukraine, which began in 2014[OCHA].
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24 April, 2018

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in its resolution recognized the occupation of the Donbass regions of Ukraine under uncontrolled control by the Russian Federation and condemned Russian aggression against Ukraine. The next day, PACE recognized the conflict in the Donbass “Russian war against Ukraine”. This wording, instead of the “war in Ukraine,” came in the text of the resolution[UNIAN].
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25 April, 2018

According to the Chief Military Prosecutor A.Matios, since the beginning of the ATO, almost 326,000 people were involved in combat operations, 8,479 of them were injured and injured, 3,784 troops died. At the same time, at least 554 servicemen committed suicide during the conduct of the ATO[EADaily].
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30 April, 2018

President Petro Poroshenko announced the completion of an anti-terrorist operation in the Donbass and the launch of the United Nation (UN). In the course of the road incident on Bessarabska Square in Kyiv, People’s Deputy of Ukraine, Mustafa Nayem, was brutally beaten up by immigrants from Chechnya[President of Ukraine].
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14 May, 2018

EU has extended personal sanctions against Russian officials, as well as collaborators involved in holding unlawful elections in Russia captured by Crimea. The list of sanctions should additionally include 5 people. They will be subject to a visa ban and asset blocking[Deutsche Welle].
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29 May, 2018

It is announced about the murder of Russian opposition journalist Arkady Babchenko in Kyiv. The next day, the Security Service of Ukraine and the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine stated that this information was knowingly false, which enabled the client to detain the murderer (who acted in the interests of the Russian special services) and obtain a list of 47 media workers – potential victims of Russian special services[OSCE, The Guardian, The Telegraph].
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11 June, 2018

he meeting of foreign ministers in the “Norman format” took place in Berlin after a break of more than 16 months. The issues of peacekeepers in the Donbass, political prisoners, as well as the “Steinmeier formula” were discussed[UNIAN, NEWEUROPE].
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19 June, 2018

Clash between police and protesters, “Afghans” and miners, took place under the Verkhovna Rada.
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25 July, 2018

US Department of State published the Crimea Declaration, according to which the United States will never recognize the Russian annexation of the Crimea and insist on the territorial integrity of Ukraine[The Independent, US Department of State].
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31 August, 2018

Oleksandr Zakharchenko, head of the terrorist organization “Donetsk People’s Republic”, was killed in Donetsk by bomb explosion[Aljazeera, Deutsche Welle, The Guardian].