Ukraine: Armistice in the east violated by pro-Russian rebels

The Ukrainian army accuses pro-Russian separatists of violating the ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine. During a shelling near the city of Krasnogorovka a military man was wounded, the army writes on Facebook.

According to the Ukrainian army, the shelling shows that the separatists do not intend to achieve peace. A Facebook message posted later states that Kiev will continue to respect the ceasefire.

The rebel side has not yet responded to the news from the Ukrainian army, writes press agency Reuters.

Polite until today

In July, a complete ceasefire was concluded between the warring parties, led by negotiators from the OSCE and Russia. It seemed to be respected until today. Earlier, Ukrainian President Zelensky and Russian President Putin agreed to stabilise the situation in eastern Ukraine.

The war in Eastern Ukraine began in the spring of 2014, after rebels declared themselves independent and proclaimed the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Loegansk. These are not recognized by any country, not even Russia.

According to the United Nations, the conflict cost the lives of a total of some 13,000 people. Approximately one and a half million people fled the region.