Ukrainian and Russian-backed rebels exchange new artillery claims amid heightened tensions
The United States and its NATO allies have seen the latest rising trend in violence around the world, claiming that the Kremlin is looking for excuses to invade Ukraine.
Separatist enemies backed by Ukrainian troops and Moscow heightened tensions in fear of Russia’s aggression and exchanged new allegations of ceasefire violations.
The Ukrainian Joint Command on the Eastern Front said rebels violated the ceasefire 20 times between midnight and 9 am (Greenwich Mean Time 2200 to 0700) on Friday.
A separatist group in Donetsk and Lugansk said the army fired 27 times.
The The latest uptick of violence concern Artillery and mortar attacks The United States and its NATO allies are being monitored around the world, claiming that the Kremlin is looking for excuses to invade Ukraine.
Russia, which has gathered more than 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border, said Thursday that it was “deeply concerned” about the relapse and was closely watching the situation.
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Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) observers reported 189 ceasefire violations in the eastern Donetsk region on Thursday. This is an increase from 24 cases the day before.
From 129 on Wednesday, we have counted 402 ceasefire violations in the adjacent small Lugansk area.
Russian-backed separatists dominate the eastern part of both regions.
However, Ukrainian troops said Friday that one soldier was injured after recording 60 ceasefire violations by pro-Russian separatists in the last 24 hours.
Separately, the military said it had no plans to launch an attack on rebel positions late Thursday.
On Thursday, shells exploded on the walls of a kindergarten in Stanitia Luganska, a government-owned eastern village, raising international tensions.
Twenty children and 18 staff escaped unharmed.
The European Union has “strongly” condemned the attack, saying “indiscriminate bombardment of private infrastructure is completely unacceptable …”.
“As the European Union, we are united in unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders,” EU Foreign Policy Officer Josep Borrell said in a statement Thursday. ..
The conflict in eastern Ukraine has been going on for eight years, killing more than 14,000 people and expelling more than 1.5 million from their homes.
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