According to the Ukrainian army, the pro-Russian separatists violated the ceasefire agreed upon in the eastern Donbas during the past 24 hours by firing mortars, automatic grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and other firearms. The daily Ukranska Pravda reported on the website that a Ukrainian soldier was injured by shrapnel during the bombing.
On the other hand, pro-Russian separatists say, according to the DAN rebel agency, that the Ukrainian army has tripled its bombardment of rebel lands in the past 24 hours. According to Kiev, the injured Ukrainian was treated by doctors, and his condition is satisfactory. The army added that since Saturday morning, the “Russian occupation forces” once again violated the ceasefire, this time without losing the lives of Ukrainian soldiers.
Recently, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the Donbas Front. On Friday, he also caught a glimpse of the front edge of the defense at the site where Ukrainian soldiers were killed and wounded while bombing the enemy.
Zelensky also angered Moscow with a recent statement that the only way to end the war in Donbas was for Ukraine to join NATO. Russia immediately threatened to worsen the situation in eastern Ukraine, saying that membership in NATO would be “unacceptable” for millions of Russian speakers.
According to Reuters, Ukrainian Defense Minister Andrei Taran warned on Saturday against provoking the conflict under the pretext of violating the rights of the Russian-speaking population. General Taran added that “the intensification of armed aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine is possible only if the relevant political decision is taken at the highest level in the Kremlin.”
Tensions have escalated in the Donbas in recent weeks. In recent days, Kiev has warned of the massive concentration of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine. The United States has announced that it will send two of its warships to the Black Sea, which is being interpreted by the media as a reference to Russia.
Vice President of the Office Russian President Dmitry Kozak did not rule out that in the event of war, Russia would defend its citizens in Donbas. Ukraine accuses Russia of aggression and occupation of Ukrainian lands from Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the outbreak of armed conflict in Donbas in the spring of 2014, although Moscow denies its direct involvement in the conflict. The fighting has so far claimed more than 13,000 lives.
Video: We are ready to fight, says the pro-Russian separatists.
“We are ready to fight. We do not know a compromise,” said the trenches of the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. | Video: Reuters