The Russian Foreign Ministry welcomes the beginning of another ceasefire in Donbass, but fears that Kiev is preparing for a large-scale offensive operation, Russian permanent representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich said.
Head of the Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Zakharchenko commented on the statements of the SBU about allegedly planned terrorist attacks and coup in Kiev. Zakharchenko said that he had met with Vladimir Ruban, whom the Ukrainian special services consider to be the organizer of the planned terrorist attacks, exclusively on the issues of war prisoners’ exchange.
Head of the Republican of Forensic Medical Examination Bureau of the DPR Healthcare Ministry Dmitry Kalashnikov on March 9 stated possible causes of death of the deceased DPR serviceman captured by the Ukrainian military during the attempted AFU breakthrough in the vicinity of Oktyabr settlement.
Last week the Armed Forces of the Donetsk People's Republic were engaged in scheduled training sessions, the knowledge and practical skills of servicemen were improved, the process of shakeup of battalions, divisions and separate companies was continued.
On March 7, a press conference of the Head of State was held in Donetsk. At the meeting with journalists, Alexander Zakharchenko answered questions concerning the current situation and assessed some of the statements by the Western supervisors of the Ukrainian authorities.
The Head of the Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, called for the world community’s attention to the appeals of the US special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker to ‘disband’ the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.
On March 1, 2018, the US Department of Defense announced that the Donald Trump administration had decided to supply 37 antitank missile systems (Javelin) and 210 missiles to Ukraine for a total of $ 47 million.
Russia's position on deploying international missions in Eastern Ukraine remains unchanged, it is impossible without the consent of the republics of Donbass, according to Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Chairman of the Russian Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Konstantin Kosachev commented to the RT on the words of US State Department's Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker that the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics should be disbanded.
Special representative of the US State Department for Ukraine Kurt Volker stated that the DPR and the LPR must be liquidated, since they do not correspond to the Constitution of Ukraine. He expressed this opinion during a panel discussion at the analytical center of the Hudson Institute.
A conference of activists of the Donetsk Republic Public Movement, chaired by Head of the Donetsk People's Republic, Chairman of the Movement Alexander Zakharchenko and Head of the Central Committee of the Donetsk Republic Public Movement Natalia Volkova, was held in Donetsk on March 1. 520 activists from all cities and districts of the DPR attended the event.
The Armed Forces of the Donetsk People's Republic maintain a high readiness for a possible exacerbation of the situation. During the past week, assemblies were held with the rank-and-file officers and medical service specialists, and the process of coordinating the battalions, divisions and separate companies continued.
The third congress of the Young Republic public organization took place in Donetsk on February 27. Head of State Alexander Zakharchenko visited the event as guest of honour.
The Head of the Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, considers the union with Russia to be the most important priority of the republic's foreign policy.
Assistant to the President of Russia Vladislav Surkov announced his intention to take part in the contest for the name of a new system of Russian weapons and to offer his option - Givi.
Russia "at least not against" the deployment of peacekeepers throughout Ukraine, but it is necessary to negotiate with the republics of Donbass," Russian President Vladimir Putin said.