Ukrainian soldiers get killed amid ceasefire in Donbas
One Ukrainian soldier was killed and another was wounded early Feb. 23 near Svitlodarsk in Donbas as a result of enemy shelling, the press service of the Ukrainian delegation at the Trilateral Contact Group reported. Another Ukrainian soldier was killed and two servicemen were wounded the day before, when “Russian-occupation forces in Donbas violated the ceasefire 11 times”, according to the press center of the Joint Force Operation headquarters of Ukraine.
The headquarters specified that on Feb. 23, the Russian-occupation forces fired at the Ukrainian positions with 82-caliber mortars and heavy anti-tank grenade launchers. On Feb. 22, the use of heavy grenade launchers, large-caliber machine guns and small arms was observed.
Yuri Svirko: The so-called ceasefire seems to be over, as Ukraine now counts its victims every day. We expect that tensions will grow due to the improving weather conditions and worsening political backgrounds. Recall, the last summit of the Normandy Four took place in Paris in December 2019, with a pledge to hold a follow-up meeting in March-April 2020. In fact, no significant progress has been made since then. Moscow continues to finance the self-proclaimed republics in Donbas, supplying them with Russian arms and passports. Kyiv has so far failed to find a political settlement but imposed in-country sanctions on two MPs and blamed them for funding Donbas terrorists which could lead to growing tensions there.