Democratic People’s Republic of Donetsk – FRN has confirmed that
the Ukrainian Army has begun shelling several residential
neighborhoods in the DPR.
the Ukrainian army regularly violates the Minsk II ceasefire
agreement, recorded by the OSCE, the present bombardment underway is
the heaviest in over a year.
comes unsurprisingly, as on November 23rd, Ukraine deployed its S-300
systems close to the Donbass border. Then very late in the day on
November 24th, terrorists under U.S allied orders, carried out a
chlorine chemical attack upon Aleppo, staged from Idlib. On November
25th, the Ukrainian Navy provoked a response from the Russian Navy
and FSB, forcing the Russians at the strait of Kerch to seize control
of three Ukrainian naval vessels, with two Ukrainian sailors reported
injured or dead (reports unclear).
has found, in its experience covering this war on two fronts, that
major events in one theater come concurrently with major events in
the other. Therefore, given the arrival of British special forces
into Ukraine, and the long build-up of Ukrainian and NATO-national
foreign mercenaries along the line of contact, it appeared only a
matter of time before such a bombardment would begin.
to information being presently assessed by FRN, the bombardment
commenced around midnight in the Donbass, and consist of various
weapons, chiefly including heavy artillery.
DPR Leaders Urge Calm – as DPR Spokespeople deny Shelling has
representative of the People’s Militia has told DAN ,
the situation on the contact line is nevertheless under the full
control of the People’s Republics.
situation, like 24 hours a day, is under the full control of our
forces. Citizens can sleep peacefully,” said the
representation of the DPR in the Joint Ceasefire Control and
Coordination Center in southern Donbass informed that the situation
shelling with prohibited weapons has not been registered yet,”said
the head of the representation, Ruslan Yakubov. This contradicts
numerous credible reports from the ground, and raises questions as to
what attempts the DPR is making to control any expected response.
Ukraine is looking for ways to force the DPR and, perhaps even the
Russian Federation, to respond in a robust way to these attacks.
comes as Ukrainian president, Poroshenko, is trailing by double
digits in polls as the country heads towards election season at the
start of 2019. Tymoshenko is expected to win, and while she is a well
known Ukrainian oligarch with a proven history of corruption, she is
playing upon growing anti-war sentiments within Ukraine, and general
distrust the public has with the present government.
‘out’ from having to conduct an election would be a serious
increase in hostilities which would offer him the pretext to cancel
elections as the country would enter a state of martial law.
in the Donbass
Ukrainian authorities began a military operation in 2014 against the
self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and
issue of the settlement of the situation in Donbass was discussed in
the context of the Minsk contact group, which since September 2014
has already adopted three documents regulating steps towards the
de-escalation of the conflict. However, exchanges of fire
continue even after the conclusion of the truce agreements.
then, Ukraine has not made good on the full scope of its commitments,
and has engaged in regular violations of the ceasefire. They continue
to insist on a clearly erroneous interpretation of the language of
the ceasefire to the effect that Kiev would select that Donbass
representatives whom they would then negotiate with. This contradicts
both the nature of the contact group signed off on by the elected
breakaway Donbass leadership, and the subsequent Minsk II agreement
that came out of the Normandy Four format, which recognized that the
present leadership of the break-away republics had the authority to
negotiate a settlement.