A service member of the Ukrainian Armed Forces levels a weapon during military drills at a firing ground in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, February 15, 2022. Picture taken February 15, 2022 - Sputnik International

Live Updates: DPR Ready for Contact Group Meeting With Kiev If There Are Concrete Proposals

Tensions around Ukraine escalated in recent months, with the United States and the European Union claiming that Moscow is planning "an invasion" of Ukraine. Russia, in turn, has repeatedly dismissed the allegations.
Within the past several days, the situation on the contact line between Ukraine and the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR) has become tenser, with the latter claiming Kiev had stepped up attacks.
The spike in tensions comes as Russia has begun to withdraw troops from the borders of Ukraine to their permanent deployment sites following military drills. Despite that, the US and its allies keep pushing the "invasion" narrative, insisting that Moscow, in fact, is sending more troops to the Ukrainian borders.
Since last November, the West has been fanning the tensions around Ukraine with consistent claims that Russia was planning to invade its neighbour, citing troop movements within Russia. Moscow has denied any plans to invade Ukraine, stressing that its own security is jeopardised by NATO's increasing presence near Russia's borders.
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21:30 GMT 18.02.2022
NATO Boosting Level of Combat Readiness of Thousands of Servicemen - Reports
BERLIN (Sputnik) - NATO is boosting the level of combat readiness of thousands of servicemen amid the ongoing tensions with Russia, German media reported.

The NATO Response Force (NRF) must be ready to move to the conflict zone within seven days, instead of 30 as it was before, the DPA news agency reported, citing sources.
21:20 GMT 18.02.2022
Heavy Blast Rocks Luhansk, Sputnik Correspondent Reports
Explosion on gas pipeline in Luhansk, 19 February 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 18.02.2022
VIDEOS: Heavy Blast Heard in Lugansk, Sputnik Correspondent Reports
20:34 GMT 18.02.2022
LPR Authorities Report New Mortar Fire by Ukrainian Army
20:19 GMT 18.02.2022
Watch Photos of DPR Residents Being Evacuated, Mostly Children on Board
20:16 GMT 18.02.2022
Germany, France See ‘No Reason’ to Say Kiev Prepared Attack on Donbas, Call on Russia to Influence DPR, LPR Authorities
19:32 GMT 18.02.2022
Germany Willing to Pay Financial Penalty, Including Mothballing Nord Stream 2, to Punish Moscow if Russia 'Attacks' Ukraine
Nord stream 2 route map  - Sputnik International, 1920, 18.02.2022
Germany Ready to ‘Pay High Price’ if Russia Invades Ukraine, Including End to Nord Stream 2, FM Says
19:24 GMT 18.02.2022
Extraordinary Meeting of Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas to Be Held on Saturday Morning
KIEV (Sputnik) - An extraordinary meeting of the contact group on Donbas will be held on the morning of February 19, the security situation in the region is very alarming, Mikko Kinnunen, the OSCE chairman's special representative in the contact group, said.

"Extraordinary meeting of the TCG that I called for tonight is postponed to tomorrow morning. Security situation in Donbass and along the contact line is very worrysome," Kinnunen said on Twitter.

19:18 GMT 18.02.2022
Kiev Made 3 Attempts of Sabotage in Donbas on Friday, Military Spokesman Says
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - On Friday, the Ukrainian side made three attempts of sabotage in Donbas, Eduard Basurin, a spokesman for the people's militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), said.

According to Basurin, about 200 shells and mortar shells were fired at the DPR this morning, not counting grenades and small arms.

"But the main danger was different: there were three attempts to carry out sabotage. These were in Yelenivka and two in Horlivka," Basurin said on the air of the Rossiya 1 broadcaster.
19:11 GMT 18.02.2022
German Bundeswehr Raises Troops' Readiness Within NATO Rapid Reaction Force For Possible Escalation - Statement
BERLIN (Sputnik) - The German Bundeswehr increased the level of readiness of its troops within the NATO rapid reaction force for a possible escalation, the German Defense Ministry said.

"At the request of the NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Wolters and in close coordination with the Allies, the federal government has increased the level of readiness of the Bundeswehr forces participating in the Response Force," the statement says.

For the transfer of NATO forces, a decision of the NATO Council is required, the ministry recalled.

It added that "the federal government thus remains committed, together with the allies, to a two-track policy towards Russia — credible readiness for defense and reinsurance of allies, while being open to dialogue."
19:09 GMT 18.02.2022
First Buses Carrying Evacuees From Donbas Arrive in Rostov Region
A family told Sputnik that everyone in Donetsk is now taking out money, buying fuel and evacuating relatives.
19:06 GMT 18.02.2022
Russia Very Concerned Civilians in Donbas Enduring Risks, Shelling Should Stop, Deputy FM Says

"The latest reports from the ground in Eastern Ukraine are very concerning to us. We are extremely worried that the civilian population of that part of Ukraine is enduring such sufferings, such risks. The indiscriminate shellings are not acceptable and result in the destruction of civilian infrastructure and people’s homes. This is unacceptable and it should be stopped," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin told reporters on Friday.

18:43 GMT 18.02.2022
DPR Ready for Contact Group Meeting Provided There Are Concrete Proposals, and Kiev is Prepared for Dialogue

"We are ready to meet with Ukrainian representatives at an extraordinary meeting, but only if there are clear and specific proposals with the possibility of their implementation in practice and the readiness of official Kiev for a substantive dialogue," Vladislav Moskovsky, a spokesman for the DPR delegation in the contact group, said in a statement, of which the Ukrainian delegation was notified.

After specific proposals were requested from the Ukrainian side to resolve the situation, "the Ukrainians immediately canceled the meeting," the statement says.

"We are not ready to meet solely for the sake of a meeting, for some kind of imitation of negotiations," Moskovsky stressed.
18:36 GMT 18.02.2022
People Being Evacuated From Donetsk to Russia's Rostov Region
People are seen inside a bus arranged to evacuate local residents, in the city of Donetsk February 18, 2022.  - Sputnik International
18:33 GMT 18.02.2022
Russia Ready for Urgent Meeting of Contact Group Should Donbass, Kiev Agree to Hold It - Source
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia is ready to take part in an urgent meeting of the contact group due to the escalation in eastern Ukraine, if Donbass and Kiev agree to hold it, a source in Moscow told Sputnik.
"If Kiev and Donbass agree to convene it, Russian representatives, of course, will participate as intermediaries," the source said.
18:32 GMT 18.02.2022
Defense Spokesman for DPR's People's Militia: Ukranian Military Started Shelling Donbass Contact Line, Firing at Social Infrastructure on Friday
18:11 GMT 18.02.2022
Kiev Ready to Do Everything Necessary to Restore Ceasefire in Donbass, Hopes For Contact Group Meeting on Saturday, Deputy PM Says
Deputy head of OSCE Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug   - Sputnik International, 1920, 18.02.2022
Kiev Hopes for Trilateral Contact Group Meeting on Saturday Amid Donbass Escalation
18:00 GMT 18.02.2022
DPR Plans to Evacuate 700,000 Residents, Emergency Ministry Says
It is planned to evacuate about 700,000 residents from the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), the ministry of emergency situations of the self-proclaimed republic reported.
"The first buses with evacuated residents of the Donetsk People's Republic leave today at 8 a.m. It is planned to evacuate about 700,000 residents of the DPR. First of all, these are children, women and the elderly," the ministry said on Facebook.
Earlier, the leadership of the DPR and LPR announced a temporary evacuation of citizens of the republic to Russia's Rostov region in connection with the threat of Ukraine's invasion.
17:59 GMT 18.02.2022
Use of Artillery in Donbass by Kiev Will Lead to Huge Casualties, LPR Says
The armed forces of Ukraine deployed a huge amount of tubed artillery to the line of contact, and its use in Donetsk and Lugansk will lead to huge casualties, Rodion Miroshnik, a representative of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) in the political subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group, said.

"There was shelling of a small village called Sanzhary. It is located between Debaltseve and Pervomaisk on the line of contact, 122-millimeter artillery was used there, that is, we are talking about the use of tubed artillery," Miroshnik said on the air of the Rossiya 1 broadcaster.

"On the line of contact, we see a huge amount of cannon artillery 122-152 millimeters (caliber), which can strike at a distance of 20-40 kilometers. Let me remind you that just 7 kilometers are between the line of contact and the center of Donetsk, and 12 kilometers from the positions where these weapons are deployed to the center of Lugansk. That is, if this artillery is used now, then we will not avoid huge bloodshed and a huge number of victims," ​​he said.

He noted that Donbass was being pushed toward a military resolution of the conflict, because Ukraine was not ready to negotiate with the LPR and the DPR.
17:31 GMT 18.02.2022
Ukrainian servicemen fire mortar , at the village of Pisky near Donetsk airport on December 5, 2014 - Sputnik International, 1920, 18.02.2022
DPR Says Kiev Forces Fired 18 Rounds From 120-mm Mortars on Outskirts of Frontline Village
17:27 GMT 18.02.2022
What's Happening in Donetsk Right Now?
Live from Donetsk after emergency evacuation announced - Sputnik International, 1920, 18.02.2022
Live From Donetsk as Mass Evacuation Starts Amid Shelling by Ukrainian Forces
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