New Ukraine Cease-Fire 'Violated Almost Immediately'

KIEV, Ukraine -- The Ukrainian military has accused Russia-backed separatists in the eastern region known as the Donbass of violating a new cease-fire agreement shortly after it went into force.

Ukrainian servicemen ride atop armored vehicles on the outskirts of Donetsk.

The cease-fire, agreed by in talks including representatives of Russia, Ukraine, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, took effect on March 5 just after midnight.

But Kiev's headquarters for military operations in the east said that the separatists targeted government positions near the city of Shchastsya in the Luhansk region with grenade launchers, mortars, and other weapons at about 1 a.m.

It said that those attacks lasted about an hour and a half, and that separatists fired at another government position around daybreak.

The Ukrainian military said that its forces did not return fire.

The conflict in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions has killed more than 11,000 people since it erupted in April 2014, after Russia fomented unrest across much of Ukraine following the ouster of Moscow-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych.

It has persisted despite the Minsk accords, Western-backed cease-fire and peace deals signed in September 2014 and February 2015, and several additional agreements to cease hostilities.

Source: Radio Free Europe


grycar said…
When you do not have a plan, you plan to fail.

In this case the issue is clearly with the Russian satraps
in Eastern Ukraine who understand what awaits them
when they lose.

The Satraps also understand that they will
be completely abandoned by Russia if they compromise
as currently advised by Russia.

In other words, Russia can do nothing for their satraps
whom they sponsored, armed, fed and instructed.

This translates to no real control over events
in Eastern Ukraine for Russia.

There exists a clear understanding by the Russian satraps
that there will be no amnesty for them from Ukraine for
the harm, destruction and lose of life in Donbas and Luhansk.

Those that could, left a long time ago
or were killed before they could leave.

Currently and in the future Russia's hiergerlings are of no
benefit to Russia now but need to feed armed and do consume
huge resources in a money pit that Russia can ill
afford and cannot get out off.

Perhaps Putin should have listened to
the advise of the Finish president at
the inception of his ill adventure.

A self created mess by Russia
for everyone involved.

Not good.

Quite simply, he who lasts wins.

Nations out live Empires.