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Interview: Richard Sakwa

Interview: Richard Sakwa

Professor Richard Sakwa suggests that the only condition to establish peace and safety in Eastern Ukraine would be under very intense international supervision and a major program of reconstruction with international financing and peace keepers there. Professor Sakwa visited Helsinki on February 28–29 to attend the 60th birthday of Professor ... Read More
Civilian casualties – March 2020

Civilian casualties – March 2020

March 2020 has been one of the hardest months for people living in the conflict area in Donbass. After a severe aggravation of the situation on February 18, 2020, the number of ceasefire violations keeps to an average level of approximately 300. There are also reports of a sharp increase ... Read More
Coronavirus and conflict

Coronavirus and conflict

The global crisis caused by the coronavirus has complicated life for people who live in the conflict area of Eastern Ukraine. Both Kiev and the self-proclaimed entities of Donetsk and Luhansk introduced measures to control the coronavirus. In this Ukraine Alert the Finnish Peace Committee publishes data on the increase ... Read More
Arsen Avakov takes advantage of national lockdown

Arsen Avakov takes advantage of national lockdown

A wide range of Ukrainian media outlets report that Arsen Avakov, the longtime Interior Minister for Ukraine, is exerting influence beyond his official responsibilities in the context of the national lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The lockdown was initially introduced in Ukraine until April 3, 2020, and then extended ... Read More
Italy and Ukraine: the Markiv’s Case

Italy and Ukraine: the Markiv’s Case

During the official visit of President Zelensky to Italy on February 7th to 8th the case of Vitaly Markiv who was sentenced to 24 years for the role in the murder of two media workers in eastern Ukraine had been prioritised over discussion on investments to the economy of Ukraine ... Read More
Discussion around Road Map proposal

Discussion around Road Map proposal

The Munich Security Conference held on 14t to 16th of February was characterised by its very tight atmosphere caused by absolutely different perceptions how to end the war in the Eastern part of Ukraine. Ukrainian President Zelensky called on world leaders “to repair the system of regional security in Europe ... Read More
Further deterioration in Donbass, February 2020

Further deterioration in Donbass, February 2020

The situation along the contact line in the area affected by the armed conflict in the east of Ukraine remains extremely tense. Numerous violations of ceasefire, also at the  spots of agreed troops withdrawal are being reported. Both the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and local sources of the ... Read More
The situation in the conflict area in Donbass is getting worse

The situation in the conflict area in Donbass is getting worse

The Finnish Peace Committee has been receiving reports of severe aggravation of the situation in the area of the armed conflict in Donbass. Inhabitants of Donetsk heard intensive fire by heavy artillery on January 23rd (from 10 until 13) and 24th  (13–17), initially launched by the Ukrainian side. On January ... Read More

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