The situation in the Donbass is becoming increasingly tense. Kiev and Moscow are preparing for a new confrontation.
In eastern Ukraine, almost every day violated the ceasefire regime, alarmed OSCE observers. The mission that monitors the situation in the Donbass, report regular shelling and explosions. Over the weekend, a day killed three Ukrainian soldiers and four were wounded in clashes with pro-Russian separatists.
It has been almost half a year, and none of the items in Minsk signed agreements have not yet been fully implemented. Not even helped signatures leaders of France and Germany, which together with the presidents of Russia and Ukraine to guarantee implementation of the provisions of this document to life. Ukrainian side demands complete cease-fire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons and to regain control on the 100-km stretch of the Russian-Ukrainian border. The problem is that "the return of control", according to the Minsk agreements, should occur only once in the Donbass region, control over which Kiev lost, the local elections will be held, and these regions will receive a "special status". For this to happen, Ukraine should amend the constitution relating to the decentralization of power, and is opposed to a significant part of Ukrainian society. As a result, the last contact group meeting in Minsk on Wednesday ended in failure.
On Monday, a representative of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine for special operations in the Donbass Andriy Lysenko said that the separatists are engaged rotation of its forces and pull together to the front line artillery systems. He also warned that the Ukrainian side of the border with the breakaway republics of Russian troops cross the unit. And they (quite officially) are preparing for the biggest in this year's exercises, which will be held simultaneously in the Southern Military District, in the Caucasus and Crimea.
"Under the guise of exercises Russians relocating its forces in Ukraine. Their enough to launch an attack that has already started gradually. Under the control of Russian forces advancing across the front line, - he says Rzeczpospolita known Ukrainian military analyst Alex Arestovich. - We are ready to repel the attack. Before it starts, will put pressure on Moscow, Kiev, demanding to grant special status Donbass ", - he added.