Russia and Ukraine are drawing ever closer to war
Relations between Russia and Ukraine have been in a virtual freefall for the last few months as the two countries draw ever closer to war. The last few days have seen accusations from both countries of cross-border hostilities. A shell fired from Ukraine over the weekend resulted in the death of a civilian in a small Russian town. Russia was quick to assign blame to the Ukrainian government and promised “irreversible consequences”. Ukraine vehemently denied these accusations but Russia doesn’t seem to care.
As if that wasn’t enough, Ukrainian military officials now suspect that Russia carried out in airstrike on an apartment building in the Ukrainian town of Snizhne, about 12 miles from border, which resulted in the death of four Ukrainian civilians. Ukraine’s general prosecutor’s office has announced that it collecting evidence of Russia’s involvement in the airstrike. This announcement comes a day after Ukraine blamed Russia for the downing of a military transport plane in Luhansk. Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine claim that the government is lying, and that the Ukrainian military is carrying out the attacks and blaming Russia in an attempt to win Western sympathies.
The risk of open war between Russia and Ukraine is growing every day, something that the rest of Europe desperately wants to avoid. The foreign ministers of France and Ukraine have contacted the chief of Russia’s presidential administration, Sergei Ivanov, in an effort to resume negotiations and find a peaceful solution the crisis in Ukraine. The peace talks have been stalled for over two weeks after President Petro O Poroshenko of Ukraine called off a unilateral cease-fire.
The death toll in Ukraine is on the rise every day as the country is ravaged by separatist insurrections. The ever-present threat of an invasion by one of the most militarily powerful nations in the world only adds to the daily fears that Ukraine’s civilians face. Read more about this story here.