Russian separatists accused Ukrainian forces of attacking their positions. On the other hand, Ukraine confirmed that it was the victim of an attack, but did not respond.
Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists in eastern Ukraine have accused government forces in Kiev of opening fire four times in the past 24 hours, in violation of agreements aimed at ending the conflict, Russia’s RIA news agency reported.
Representatives of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic said: “The armed forces of Ukraine flagrantly violated the ceasefire regime, using heavy weapons, which, according to the Minsk agreements, should be withdrawn.”
For its part, Ukraine denied the allegations, claiming that its forces were attacked but did not respond. “Despite the fact that they were targeted with prohibited weapons, including 122mm artillery, Ukrainian forces did not open fire in response,” an adviser to the Ukrainian joint forces operation told Reuters.
According to Ukrainian reports, the alleged bombing of Russian forces destroyed a kindergarten in the village of Stanytsia Luhanska in eastern Ukraine, but no one was hurt. Part of the city is now without electricity.
Bombing increases tension
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe recorded “several incidents of bombings along the line of contact in eastern Ukraine” in the early hours of Thursday morning. The source and severity of these incidents are still unclear.
However, these bombings have occurred several times during the eight years of the conflict. Although there is nothing new on the border, these incidents are increasing tensions between the two countries.
Recently, Kiev and its Western allies have repeatedly said that Moscow may use an incident in the separatist conflict as a justification for the invasion. For its part, Russia accused Kiev of trying to provoke an escalation to reclaim rebel territory.
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