Debaltseve - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Debaltseve


Ukraine, Moscow clash over rebel autonomy laws

Mar 19, 2015 - 10:10 AM

The latest wrangling over the east Ukraine peace plan comes as Moscow celebrates the one year anniversary of the annexation of Ukraine s Crimea peninsula

A local woman with her child walks next to a damaged in shelling city market in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine, 18 March 2015. Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

West vows 'strong' response if Ukraine truce violated

Mar 04, 2015 - 8:09 AM

Western leaders call for a strong reaction from the international community to any major violation of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen ride on an APC as a column of military vehicles rolls on a road near Artyomovsk, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 03 March 2015. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Kerry meets Lavrov as Ukraine death toll soars

Mar 02, 2015 - 7:47 PM

The meeting with Sergei Lavrov in Geneva came less than a week after Kerry accused Moscow of lying about its involvement in the conflict

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva March 2, 2015. Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Ukraine's Mariupol holds its breath for next rebel move

Mar 02, 2015 - 2:47 PM

While a fragile two week old ceasefire shows signs of holding Kiev says pro Russian separatists are using the truce to regroup their forces especially around Mariupol

People walk past a house damaged by recent shelling in Mariupol, a city on the Sea of Azov, in this January 26, 2015 file photo. Nikolai Ryabchenko/Files/Reuters

Two killed as clashes threaten Ukraine truce

Mar 01, 2015 - 12:38 AM

UPDATED The two warring sides both said they were continuing the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front

AMONG THE RUINS. A man works to repair a damaged building after heavy fighting in eastern Ukrainian town Ilovaysk, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 27 February 2015. Luca Piergiovanni/EPA

Ukraine says pulling back arms as US, Russia trade barbs

Feb 26, 2015 - 10:43 PM

The announcement of the pull back comes after a shaky truce that was meant to come into force February 15 finally took hold across the conflict zone in recent days

A Ukrainian military commander known under the nom de guerre 'Sobol' stands in position in Shyrokino village, near Mariupol, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 25 February 2015. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Fears for truce as attacking rebels mass near Ukraine port city

Feb 24, 2015 - 11:16 AM

Continued hostilities meant a pull back of heavy weapons could not go ahead as agreed Ukrainian officials say

READY. A Ukrainian serviceman stands in a truck pulling a twin-barreled anti-aircraft gun as his unit on withdrawal has a rest in the village of Artemivsk, near Debaltseve, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 23 February 2015. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Ukraine rebels mark Soviet holiday for defenders of 'fatherland'

Feb 24, 2015 - 9:13 AM

But while the mood is celebratory there is still a somber moment of silence to remember those killed fighting for the pro Moscow insurgency

'FATHERLAND' A pro-Russian rebel holds a flag as he attends a rally to mark the 'Defender of the Fatherland Day' in Donetsk, Ukraine, 23 February 2015. Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Arms pullback accord, prisoner swap bolster shaky Ukraine truce

Feb 22, 2015 - 4:52 PM

UPDATED But ongoing breaches of a week old ceasefire have already prompted a threat from the United States of serious new sanctions against Moscow within days

Major prisoner swap bolsters shaky Ukraine truce

Feb 22, 2015 - 11:35 AM

The rare glint of optimism comes on the heels of a pro Russian rebel offensive in the east capturing a major town from loyalists and drawing threats of new sanctions against Moscow

A pro-Russian rebel walk by a twin-barrelkled anti-aircraft gun in the streets of Debaltseve, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 21 February 2015.  Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukraine calls for peacekeepers after rebels take key town

Feb 19, 2015 - 11:01 AM

The loss is a bitter blow to the Ukrainian army and leaves a last ditch peace plan hammered out by the leaders of Ukraine Russia Germany and France hanging by a thread

RETREAT. Ukrainian servicemen on an armored military vehicle as they leave territory around Debaltseve, near Artyomovsk, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 18 February 2015. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Ukraine urges West to get 'tough' on Russia after rebels storm town

Feb 18, 2015 - 7:50 AM

As EU and UN officials express concern at the violence in the town of Debaltseve Russian President Vladimir Putin urges Kiev to permit its beleaguered soldiers to surrender

A view of an explosion is seen from the shelled gas pipe near the power station, not far from Debaltseve of Donetsk area, Ukraine, 17 February 2015. Anastacia Vlasova/EPA

Access agreed for OSCE monitors in Ukraine – Berlin

Feb 17, 2015 - 3:42 PM

The agreement is aimed at allowing observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe OSCE to monitor the situation on the ground around the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve

An Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) observer (C) looks at a damaged building in Debaltseve, near Donetsk, Ukraine, 06 February 2015. Vladimir Vladimirov/EPA

'Stop shooting,' EU pleads as Ukraine ceasefire teeters

Feb 17, 2015 - 7:47 AM

Fighting rages around a strategic railway hub and both sides say conditions are not met to start withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline

EMERGENCY. Separatist rebels help an injured comrade near a hospital in Donetsk, Ukraine, 16 February 2015. Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukraine truce largely observed – except around flashpoint town

Feb 15, 2015 - 10:34 PM

UPDATED Ukraine s military says that across the entire conflict zone its soldiers positions had come under fire from the rebels 60 times on Sunday with Debaltseve the main hotspot

STRUGGLE FOR NORMAL. Locals, wary of the violence in Ukraine, receive humanitarian aid supplies in the village of Shirokino, some 20 km from the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Ukraine. Photo by Sergey Vaganov/EPA

Ukraine ceasefire begins after fierce fighting in besieged town

Feb 15, 2015 - 10:47 AM

An agreed ceasefire in Ukraine goes into effect under a cloud of mistrust after fighting raged until the last minute and Kiev and the US accused Russia of fueling a final push by rebels to gain territory

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (C) speaks to top military officials in Kiev, Ukraine, 14 February 2015. Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Hospital shelled in east Ukraine as calls mount for truce

Feb 05, 2015 - 7:32 AM

The latest deaths come as international pressure grows for an immediate halt to surging violence which has seen hundreds of civilians killed in recent weeks

AGONY. A woman cries near the body of her son, killed during a shelling at the hospital of Donetsk's Tekstilshik district, on Febuary 4, 2015.

Ukraine separatists vow to mobilize 100,000 fighters

Feb 03, 2015 - 11:45 AM

The pledge to dramatically escalate a 9 month conflict comes as the rebels battled to encircle the beleaguered transport hub of Debaltseve

Ukrainian servicemen stand guard in front of the hospital, as they wait for the injured soldiers from Debaltseve, in eastern city of Artyomovsk, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 02 February 2015. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Fierce fighting rages for key Ukraine town

Feb 02, 2015 - 2:35 PM

Intense artillery fire thunders around the Kiev controlled town of Debaltseve where insurgent fighters are trying to encircle Ukrainian troops

WATCHING. Ukrainian soldiers ride armored vehicles to Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, Donetsk region, on February 1, 2015. Oleksander Stashevsky/AFP