Ukraine faces more shelling in spite of the ceasefire agreement
In just one day after a ceasefire agreement was drawn upon in Minsk, reports from East Ukraine say that there was shelling again and about three civilians and eight soldiers lost their lives in the past 24 hours.
Amidst this, European leaders have voiced their fears that before a truce is made, there could be a surge in fighting in the area and that could result in a bloodbath. On Thursday, a pact was struck after an all night summit in Minsk with the leaders of Germany, Ukraine, Russia and France.
Ukrainian Military’s statement read, “In the Donbass (eastern Ukraine), this night was not a calm one. The enemy shelled positions of the ‘anti-terrorist operation’ forces with the same intensity as before”. In the areas around Debaltseve, the fighting was intense and in this area separatists had used rockets and artillery to attack nearly 8,000 government forces who were holding the town.
Military spokesman Vladyslav Seleznyov said, “Following military action and shelling … Ukraine lost eight service personnel and 34 others were wounded”. The summit gave rise to a pact that called for a ceasefire agreement between separatists and Ukrainian military. The ceasefire was agreed upon to pave the way for a comprehensive political settlement of the crisis in Ukraine and it was only followed for 16 hours after it was agreed upon.
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe will be monitoring the ceasefire and weapons pullback. However, the agreement is fragile and the expectations were high when it was initially agreed upon.