Fighting intensifies in Eastern Ukraine amid politico-diplomatic maneuvers

  • Mihai Turcanu
  • 21.12.2017 18:46

On 19 December, the OSCE reported that the fighting in Ukraine's Donbass reached its highest levels since February, as its Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine recorded 16,000 ceasefire violations between 11 and 17 December. The escalation culminated with heavy shelling of the government-controlled village of Novoluhanskoe. The separatists maintain the shelling was a provocation staged by Ukrainians.

The escalation takes place as Russia decided on 18 December to recall its representatives from the Joint Control and Coordination Centre (JCCC), a body that monitors the implementation of the Minsk Agreements and ensures the safety of the OSCE observers in Ukraine. Kiev and the US share this interpretation. The recent hike in violence is intended to signal that Russia is not pressured by the recent extension of EU sanctions, or the decision by the US and Canada to supply weapons to Ukraine. Moscow also continues to reject repeated calls of Washington to set up a UN peacekeeping mission in Donbass.

representatives from the Joint Control and Coordination Centre

Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/war/2307586-russia-withdraws-from-jccc-right-before-escalation-in-donbas-volker.html
representatives from the Joint Control and Coordination Centre

Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/war/2307586-russia-withdraws-from-jccc-right-before-escalation-in-donbas-volker.html
representatives from the Joint Control and Coordination Centre

Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/war/2307586-russia-withdraws-from-jccc-right-before-escalation-in-donbas-volker.html
representatives from the Joint Control and Coordination Centre

Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/war/2307586-russia-withdraws-from-jccc-right-before-escalation-in-donbas-volker.html
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