Pro-Russian (Ukrainian?) Separatists…Is It A Last Minute Land Grab Or The End Of Fighting?

Members of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic army collect parts of a destroyed Ukrainian army tank in the town of Vuhlehirsk, west of Debaltseve

Members of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic army collect parts of a destroyed Ukrainian army tank in the town of Vuhlehirsk, about 10 km (6 miles) to the west of Debaltseve, February 16, 2015. Separatists are keeping up attacks on the strategic railway junction of Debaltseve despite a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, a Kiev military spokesman said on Monday, and witnesses reported heavy shelling in the area. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Pro-Russian (Ukrainian?) Separatists have made grounds since the ceasefire took effect Sunday and its clear that the Pro-Russian Separatist are consolidating their control along east Ukraine-Russian border and nearby subsequent towns and cities. Hopefully, this is a last minute land grab and the fighting will cease in and around the town of Debaltseve which appears to hold a key railroad hub between the rebel controlled towns of Donetsk and Luhansk. this looks like where the separatists are consolidating a line in east Ukraine. At this point this is clearly violating the agreed ceasefire but there needs to be a further push by Ukraine/Europe/Russia to get at the commanders on the ground and stop any further fighting. There’s only two paths this is going either a road to peace or a scorched East Ukraine and an Asymmetric warfare that Europe hasn’t ever seen.

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BBC World News Report Feb.16 2015

 

The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is looking increasingly fragile – just a day after it was meant to start. The Ukrainian military command said pro-Russian rebels had attacked 112 times since early yesterday and the rebels, who hold Donetsk airport, accused Ukrainian forces of shelling it. From there our International Correspondent Ian Pannell reports.

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