Maximum voltage in Ukraine. Bombings took place again this Friday, February 18 near Stanytsia Luhanska, a small town in eastern Ukraine under the control of government forces. The Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists have blamed each other for these attacks.
In detail, Ukrainian authorities reported 20 ceasefire violations by separatists overnight, while pro-Russian rebels reported 27 Ukrainian army fire. This Thursday, February 17, a kindergarten was hit in Stanitsa Luhanska, when 20 children and 18 adults were inside.
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According to the Ukrainian army, 32 shells fell on the city, partially depriving it of electricity. Observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) meanwhile reported a significant spike in shootings, with 189 ceasefire violations recorded in the Donetsk region on Thursday, up from 24 the previous day. . A story, confirmed by a journalist present on the spot.
This morning, on the separatist side, Donetsk region, assessment of the night: roads are closed because of the risk of shooting, villages are left without electricity and houses have been hit by bombardments, especially in the west of the city it seems.
— Paul Gogo (@Paugog) February 18, 2022
For their part, the authorities of the separatist region of Luhansk, quoted by the Russian news agency Interfax, announced that ” the situation on the front line has deteriorated over the past 24 hours “. And the head of the militia in this region, Ian Leshchenko, accused the Ukrainian army of try to escalate the conflict “.
No Ukrainian offensive
The renewed tension on this eastern front of Ukraine is further fueling the Russian-Western crisis which has been threatening to escalate into conflict for weeks, while 150,000 Russian soldiers are deployed on the Ukrainian borders according to the United States and Kiev . On Thursday, Americans and Britons accused Russia of seeking with the conflict between Kiev and the pro-Russian separatists on its territory a pretext to attack Ukraine.
Moscow has denied any such project and since Tuesday announced a series of troop withdrawals, but without convincing Westerners. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, for his part, repeated in the morning that the Ukrainian army did not intend to lead an offensive against the separatists or annexed Crimea.
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US President Joe Biden will hold a videoconference this Friday on the Ukrainian crisis with several European and Canadian leaders as well as NATO, European sources have also confirmed.