It started after Russiaball took Crimeaball. They told Ukrainian journalists who were reporting on the situation to "go back to Kiev".  On the same day, six insurgents were killed while attempting to retrieve the bodies of their comrades at the site of the airport battle.  This cut off the supply corridor between the territories held by the DPR and LPR, isolating insurgents in Donetsk city. Overnight, between seven and twelve soldiers were killed and between twenty-five and thirty were wounded.  A report by Radio Free Europe said that there were suspicions that the battalion was either created directly by the GRU, or that it was at least sanctioned by it. On that day, an Armed Forces column travelling near Rovenky was attacked by an insurgent-operated Grad rocket lorry. , The Foreign Affairs ministry of Ukraine said that the presence of foreign soldiers amounted to "undisguised aggression" from Russia, and "the export of Russian terrorism to our country". After fighting that lasted throughout the day, the soldiers were forced to retreat. Several of the soldiers looked Chechen, spoke the Chechen language, and said that they were from Chechnya. After a brief lull following the insurgent withdrawal from the northern part of Donetsk Oblast, fighting continued to escalate sharply in the eastern parts of Donetsk Oblast. Organization for … , On the next day, insurgents captured the besieged Luhansk border post, as well as a National Guard base near Luhansk city. A representative of the Republic, Irina Voropoyeva, said "We, the Donetsk People's Republic, still control the building.  In addition, the Defence ministry said it had taken control over all points of strategic importance in the area around Kramatorsk. A representative of the Republic addressed locals outside the occupied police station, but was received negatively and booed.  As the unrest escalated into a war in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, Russia supplied arms, armoured vehicles, tanks, and other equipment to the forces of the DPR and LPR.  Heavy fighting was observed by OSCE monitors near the villages of Shyrokyne and Bezimenne on 4 September.  Western and Ukrainian officials described these events as a "stealth invasion" of Ukraine by Russia. He addressed Russian president Vladimir Putin, saying that "Losing this war on the territory that President Vladimir Putin personally named New Russia would threaten the Kremlin's power and, personally, the power of the president".  At least two civilians died in the fighting.  At the time, Russian government spokesmen denied these reports.  As these demands were not met, the activists held a meeting in the RSA building, and voted in favour of independence from Ukraine. This village is north of Novoazovosk, 7 kilometres (4 1⁄4 mi) from Kolosky, and about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the Russian border. Russian officials blamed the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the shelling, whilst Ukraine denied responsibility and accused insurgents in Donbass of having staged a false flag attack. The involvement of Right Sector was disputed by the leadership of the Donbas Battalion.  Meanwhile, fighting in Luhansk resulted in the loss of electrical power and water services across the city.  The insurgent-occupied town of Snizhne was hit by rockets fired from an aeroplane on 15 July, leaving at least eleven people dead, and destroying multiple homes. The barricade outside the Donetsk RSA, with banners displaying anti-western slogans. , Burning block of flats in Shakhtarsk, 3 August 2014, Fighting and shelling continued around Donetsk on 8 August, with several civilians killed or injured. Internal Affairs Minister Arsen Avakov said "we have observed columns passing with armoured personnel carriers, other armoured vehicles and artillery pieces, and tanks which, according to our information, came across the border and this morning were in Snizhne".  In August, Igor Druz, a senior advisor to pro-Russian insurgent commander Igor Girkin, said that "On several occasions, in a state of emergency, we have carried out executions by shooting to prevent chaos. , According to a report released by the UN Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on 8 October, the ceasefire implemented by the Minsk Protocol was becoming "increasing fragile".  Eleven went missing, and thirteen were wounded.  Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov threatened on 7 May that he would send tens of thousands of Chechen "volunteers" to southern and eastern Ukraine if the "junta" in Kiev continued its "punitive operations. The defence ministry of Russia said the men had entered Ukraine "by mistake during an exercise". " Directly prior to the appearance of the column, the area was heavily shelled. If this is an uprising by the Donetsk People's Republic, what are foreigners doing here?  Heavy shelling of Donetsk continued into 14 August. Fighting between insurgents and government forces across the Donbass region continued "constantly" over the course of the day.  Most of those polled said that direct war with Ukraine was either "absolutely impossible" or "extremely unlikely".  Government forces went on to capture the south-eastern section of the city.  Commenting on the situation in Luhansk, mayor Sergei Kravchenko said "As a result of the blockade and ceaseless rocket attacks, the city is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe". All forty-nine people on board died.  NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen confirmed that a "Russian incursion" into Ukraine had occurred.  According to the NSDC, Ukrainian troops withdrew from Novoazovsk to save lives, and were instead preparing defences in Mariupol. Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey stated on 8 July that there would be "no more unilateral ceasefires", and said dialogue was only possible if the insurgents laid down their weapons.  Two days later, five separatists were killed when 500 separatists attacked a border post in Luhansk Oblast. Government forces also recaptured the villages of Brusivka and Stary Karavan.  The National Guard base fell after guardsmen ran out of ammunition. The shelling forced OSCE monitors to flee from their office in Luhansk, and move to Starobilsk.  Khodakovsky said he had about 1,000 men at his disposal, and that more "volunteers" with experience in the Russian security sector were expected to join the battalion.  Subsequently, the insurgents withdrew from many areas on the outskirts of the city, including Karlivka, Netailove, Pervomaiske, and the area around Donetsk airport. His body was later found in a river on 22 April. The vice-president of the Donetsk People's Republic, Maxim Petrukhin, was killed in the fighting, and president Denis Pushilin was wounded.  Ukrainian troops also entered the town of Shakhtarsk, fought the insurgents that had been occupying it, and captured it around 14:30. Reports and statements by the US State Department repeatedly accused Russia of orchestrating the April unrest across eastern and southern Ukraine. They said that if an extraordinary legislative session was not held by regional officials to implement a status referendum, they would take control of the regional government with a "people's mandate", and dismiss all elected regional councillors and members of parliament. , The United Nations observed an "alarming deterioration" in human rights in territory held by insurgents affiliated with the Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic. Ukraine: Dozens Stranded in a War Zone.  One civilian was killed in the shelling. , Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk awarding Donbas Battalion volunteers, 1 September 2014, A Ukrainian patrol boat in the Sea of Azov was hit by shore-based artillery fire on 31 August. The pro-government paramilitary Azov and Shakhtarsk battalions said that they had advanced into Donetsk city, and had begun to "liberate" it.  The demonstrators stormed the RSA building, and took control of its first two floors.  Jazeera English interviewed a Canadian volunteer with the Azov Battalion, and reported that the battalion's "ideological alignment with other far-right, social-nationalist groups has attracted volunteers from organisations in Sweden, Italy, France, Canada, and Russia".  Overnight and into 10 August, government forces launched an artillery barrage on Donetsk city, causing "massive damage" across it. According to Donetsk city administration, eleven houses were damaged in Petrivsky, and at least one man was injured. Anton Heraschenko, an advisor to Arsen Avakov, confirmed at a briefing in Kiev that the tanks were once in the possession of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Crimea, and that they had been transferred by sea to Russia before crossing the border into Ukraine.  Russian forces had mobilised within 10 kilometres (6 1⁄4 mi) of the Ukrainian border.  On the same day, DPR prime minister Alexander Borodai said that he wanted to resume ceasefire talks. People line up in war-ravaged eastern Ukraine in the movie “Donbass.”.  Most insurgents left the city, and those few remaining were said to be unarmed. , After the Armed Forces of Ukraine re-took the airfield, the commanding general of the unit that had retaken it, Vasily Krutov, was surrounded by hostile protesters who demanded to know why the Ukrainian troops had fired upon local residents.  A statement by the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDC) later said that Novoazovsk had been captured by "Russian troops", despite earlier denials by the Ukrainian government.  Some news agencies, such as the Information Telegraph Agency of Russia and Reuters, interpreted this statement as meaning that Ukraine was in a state of "civil war". One civilian was killed in the shelling.  Other volunteer battalions, such as the Azov and Dnipro, left Ilovaisk after encountering heavy resistance. The memorial atop Savur-Mohyla in August 2014, seen heavily damaged by fighting there.  The battle then moved to the nearby village of Tarany.  The insurgents also said they destroyed one tank, several BMD-1s, and also shot down a Su-25 bomber. , After a government counter-offensive as part of the "anti-terror" operation in Donetsk Oblast on 2–3 May, the insurgents were routed from Kramatorsk's occupied SBU building. The Ministry of Internal Affairs is commonly known as the militsiya, and is the primary police force in Ukraine. President Turchynov issued a statement later in the day, and said that the "anti-terrorist" operation would be resumed, citing the ongoing hostage crisis in Sloviansk as a reason.  During the continued fighting, militants blew up a bridge over the river in the village of Zakitne.  These areas included Makiivka, Telmanove, Debaltseve, Petrovske, near Mariupol, Yasynuvata, and Donetsk International Airport, all of which saw intense fighting. Donbas Battalion leader Semen Semenchenko said "I think it is profitable for the defence ministry not to send help, but to achieve a situation where volunteer battalions start blaming each other about who helped who".  More fighting broke out at Luhansk International Airport on 9 July.  They said that they would use force if needed to defend the building from "criminals and terrorists". The city fell quiet by 09:00 on 19 July.  Pro-Russian demonstrators in Kostiantynivka burnt down the offices of a newspaper that had been critical of the DPR on 22 April. In line with the Minsk Protocol, OSCE monitors said that they observed a prisoner exchange near Avdiivka at 03:40 on 12 September.  Concurrently, a crowd of demonstrators surrounded the city administration building, captured it, and raised the Donetsk People's Republic flag over it.  Elsewhere, insurgents recaptured the town of Yasynuvata after a retreat by government forces. A group of DPR-affiliated militants defected as a result, and joined the Ukrainian army.  Soon after these demands were issued, the Ukrainian National Guard issued an ultimatum to the separatists, asking them to surrender. According to the Defence Ministry of Ukraine, the ROA has been in conflict with another pro-Russian militia, the Vostok Battalion, which accused the ROA of looting, and of avoiding combat. Late on 19 June, a battle fought with tanks and armoured vehicles broke out in town of Yampil, near government-held Krasnyi Lyman. , The Army of the South-East (Russian: Армия Юго-Востока, Armiya Yugo-Vostoka) is a pro-Russian militant group that occupied various buildings in Luhansk Oblast. The city remained under siege until 5 July, when Ukrainian forces recaptured it, with an estimated 15–20,000 people displaced by the fighting. Three army infantry combat vehicles and one lorry were destroyed, and another three armoured vehicles were captured by the insurgents. They also said that there were "command and control issues" amongst both parties to the conflict.  The Russian military confirmed that these men were indeed Russian paratroopers, and that they had been captured. Ukrainian troops attempted to fight off the insurgents, but were forced to retreat after a substantial number of men were wounded by insurgent fire. By Uriel Araujo – After Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met for the first time in December 2019, and war prisoners were exchanged between Ukraine and the self-proclaimed Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, the world once again turned its eye to the Donbass War.  Also, an unnamed Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) priest attempted to negotiate with separatists near Druzhkivka, but was later killed after being shot eight times. Reuters correspondents confirmed the presence of three tanks in Donetsk city, and the US State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research also said that Russia had indeed sent tanks, along with other heavy weapons, to the separatists in Ukraine. , Damaged building in Donetsk, 7 August 2014, A Ukrainian Air Force MiG-29 fighter jet was shot down by the insurgents in Luhansk Oblast on 17 August. The troops resisted by firing warning shots, and arresting one-hundred of the separatists. A spokesman for the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that 300 insurgents were killed during the operation, and that 500 were wounded.  An insurgent commander in Donetsk, Pavel Paramonov, told journalists he was from Tula Oblast in Russia. , On the day after the tank incursion, three soldiers were killed when they were ambushed by insurgents in Stepanivka. The project "Pain of Donbass" is created SOLELY to show the HARSHNESS and SENSELESSNESS of the war.  At least five soldiers died in the fighting to capture the town, which is a strategic railway junction on the main road between Donetsk and Luhansk cities. To the north, close to Starobesheve, Ukrainian forces said that they spotted a column of 100 armoured vehicles, tanks, and Grad rocket lorries that was heading south, toward Novoazovsk.  The city's water supply was cut off during the fighting, and all railway and bus service was stopped.  RIA Novosti reported that eighty National Guard members subsequently surrendered to the insurgents, whilst the National Guard issued a statement that said "there have been losses both in the ranks of the military unit and the attacking side.  Officers from the Berkut special police force, which had been dissolved by the government following the February revolution, took part in the seizure on the separatists' side.  The local chief of police was captured and badly beaten by the insurgents. Fighting across Donetsk Oblast on 19 August resulted in the deaths of 34 civilians. Russia was, in the earlier days of the war, was probably hoping to advance as far to, far enough to create that land bridge from mainland Russia into Crimea.  Ceasefire violations continued, however.  "More than half of the battalion's fighters are Russian-speaking eastern Ukrainians.  Reports say members of the brigade were disarmed after the vehicles were blocked from passing by angry locals. Ukrainian army self-propelled field gun firing in Donbass. , Clashes between government forces and pro-Russian groups escalated in early May, when the city administration building was briefly retaken by the Ukrainian National Guard. Authorities Close Crossing Points in Eastern Ukraine Due to COVID-19.  Following this incident, the newly appointed prime minister of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko said that his forces included 1,200 Russian-trained combatants. " On 20 May, Mozhaev issued a video address to Vladimir Putin to open a land corridor to Russia to allow for reinforcements in what he called a "Sacred War. , The referendum organised by pro-Russian separatists. War in Donbass News Updates: Latest War in Donbass News Articles, Opinions, and updates on The Eastern Herald.  Amidst what The New York Times described as "chaos" in the conflict zone, the insurgents re-captured Savur-Mohyla. , People queueing for water in Donetsk, 22 August 2014, Insurgents pushed into Novoazovsk on 27 August.  He also said that "dozens" of tanks and armoured vehicles had been used by the insurgents in their assault on the town.  Meanwhile, talks between the separatists, Russia, Ukraine, and the OSCE were held in Minsk. , An armed militiaman in Sloviansk, 14 April 2014, Five lorries crossed the Ukraine-Russia border carrying militants aboard on 24 May, with some reports suggesting among the militants were veteran Chechen soldiers. Amidst pressure on this new third front, government forces retreated westward toward Mariupol. News War Donbas war update: Ukraine reports eight ceasefire violations on Dec 10 09:25, 11 December 2020.  A number of civilians were killed in fighting in both cities. The timeline for the War in Donbass is divided into the some periods listed below. The separatists gained control of the city's police weapons cache and seized hundreds of firearms, which prompted the Ukrainian government to launch a "counter-terrorism" operation to retake the city.  Some people gathered outside the occupied police building to voice their support for the militants. As fighting between separatists and the Ukrainian government worsened in Donbass, membership rose to 350, and later to 4,000. , Alexander Khodаkovsky with Victory Banner raised on the Reichstag building in Berlin, on April 30, 1945, The Vostok Battalion (Russian: Батальон Восток, Ukrainian language: Батальйон Схід, Vostok reportedly includes members of the original Vostok Battalion, a special forces unit of the Russian intelligence directorate (GRU) that participated in the Second Chechen and Russo-Georgian Wars.  On the same day, the Luhansk city administration reported that six civilians had been injured due to ongoing hostilities across the city.  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