Currently the war in Donbass does not get as much attention by the media as several weeks ago and it sometimes seems that the whole world believes Minsk II solved the conflict in Ukraine. Taking a look on the reports from the war torn region in eastern Ukraine for the last week, suggests otherwise. Although … Continue reading Fighting in Ukraine – hot spots
Today media in the West reported of increased fighting in the Donbass region, especially at Donetsk, thus endangering the current so called “ceasefire” based on the Minks II agreement. Leaving out the question of Debaltseve, the daily reports of the OSCE special monitoring mission to Ukraine were/are not really backing the theory that the latest … Continue reading Minsk failed again?
Today the city of Kramatorsk and the Ukrainian military headquarter located at the Kramatorsk airport have been hit by rocket strikes that according to Ukrainian government sources were fired from separatist positions in Horlivka which is in roughly 50 km distance. The attacks killed at least seven civilians. A team of the OSCE witnessed the … Continue reading Kramatorsk attack – cluster ammunition used
Many ways lead to Rome as a common saying goes. Regarding the escalating conflict in Eastern Ukraine which is demanding an increasing tribute of civilian life – as today in Mariupol – also many ways could lead to an end of this vicious circle of violence. Today’s guest contribution from Hem Raj Jain suggests that … Continue reading Russia should recognize Novorossiya
The leader of the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic), Alexander Zakharchenko, announced in a statement to Interfax a new offensive against government troops. Ukrainian officials are confirming a rebel offensive against government positions. This announcement and the apparently already started offensive naturally neutralize all diplomatic efforts for a peaceful solution of the conflict. The Minsk protocol never … Continue reading New offensive in Ukraine
With the (Western) media having calmed down on the Charlie Hebdo assault, the spotlight is again east Ukraine where the situation has deteriorated over the last few days and a peaceful solution of the conflict seems to be further away than ever. The airport of Donetsk is currently one of the hotspots with great symbolic … Continue reading Fighting claims Civilian victims