After a public handshake between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Minsk on Aug. 26, hopes for peace have vanished as Ukraine and its allies say Russia has sent more than 1,000 regular troops into the two easternmost oblasts of Ukraine. [more]
A local journalist, Dmytro Durniev, said that some 50 percent of Donbas residents don’t support any fighting side, and only want to see the end of war [more]
Heavy fighting that started near Komsomolske this week forced some 12,000 residents into shelters or basements to hide from shelling, a nasty side effect of fights between the Ukrainian troops and Russian-back rebels and the Russian army [more]
But leaving the war zone might be trickier than it sounds. For one, the insurgents say they have no clue about these green corridors. Also, the designated routes are dangerous to navigate, as the Ukrainian army, which has been tightening its circle around Donetsk and Luhansk in the course of the anti-terrorist operation, randomly shells them. [more]
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, after a meeting with heads of security forces, said that the government has confirmed that Russia recently sent to Ukraine military reinforcements for the insurgents, including 1,200 trained militants and additional armoured vehicles. [more]
Christopher J. Miller, Kyivpost
Rockets struck and killed many civilians fleeing the besieged eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, burning some of them alive inside their cars, the military said on Aug. 18. [more]
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