Daily Ukraine Crisis Updates – August 25, 2014
News | August 25, 2014
- Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov stated that Russia is hoping to send a second humanitarian convoy to southeastern Ukraine using the same route and parameters and agreements on that need to be reached this week.
- (ITAR-TASS) The Russian Red Cross was ready to accompany a second convoy to Ukraine and had already set up five teams of volunteers and workers for that.
- Ukraine said an armored column including 10 tanks entered from Russia early on the 25th as the government in Moscow unveiled plans to send a second convoy with humanitarian aid into its neighbor's rebel-held territory.
- (ITAR-TASS) Army units of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic entered the settlement of Yelenovka, driving out Ukrainian troops.
- (RIA Novosti) A Tochka-U ballistic missile landed on the outskirts of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine for the first time since the conflict broke out.
- Armed pro-Russian rebels paraded dozens of captured Ukrainian soldiers through the streets of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on the afternoon of the 24th, in the rebel stronghold's counterprotest to Ukraine's Independence Day celebrations in other parts of the country.
- (RIA Novosti) Two journalists of the Crimean Telegraph newspaper, Evgeniya Koroleva and Maxim Vasilenko, went missing in the area of the military operation in eastern Ukraine.
- (Interfax Ukraine) Ukrainian troops managed to stop a larger part of a convoy of military vehicles which entered Ukraine from the border with Russia near Novoazovsk, the head of the Information Resistance group Dmytro Tymchuk said. "With regard to Novoazovsk-Mariupol, there is no open invasion by Russia. A convoy tried to break through, it was blocked, and only a few armored vehicles broke through."
- (ITAR-TASS) A top German official said that Germany expects the new humanitarian convoy Russia plans to send to Ukraine’s embattled southeast will be coordinated with the Kyiv authorities and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
- (Interfax Ukraine) Verkhovna Rada Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov said diplomacy alone cannot settle the conflict in eastern Ukraine effectively. “Only the Ukrainian armed forces and National Guard can put an end to this war and liberate Donetsk and Luhansk regions.”
- (Interfax Ukraine) Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said peace in the zone of the anti-terrorist operation in Ukraine's east will not be achieved at the expense of the country's sovereignty or territorial integrity.
- (RIA Novosti) Russia has no plans to participate in any activities during the NATO summit in Wales, Russia’s Permanent Mission to NATO told RIA Novosti.