Earlier today, the Ukrainian military announced that two small villages in the Donetsk region, Pavlopil and Pyshchevyk, have returned to Ukrainian control. These villages were in a buffer area between Ukrainian and Russian-backed rebel forces, and a distance of about 4 miles from the nearest Ukrainian checkpoint. On the surface, this is a minor adjustment on the ground in a conflict that has been ongoing for two years. Nevertheless, the move comes just as Ukraine is implementing a number of provocative measures. Kiev has yet to restore electricity supplies to Russian-controlled Crimea, despite having fixed at least one of the four pylons that could provide the peninsula with power. In effect, a political decision has been made in Kiev to prolong the electricity outage. Despite Russian retaliation through a cutoff of both coal and natural gas supplies, Ukraine is not relenting, indicating Kiev is trying to draw attention to its plight against Russia as the Kremlin’s negotiations with
Shifts in Eastern Ukraine
Dec. 3, 2015 Kiev announced it has regained control over two small villages in eastern Ukraine, suggesting the government is trying to draw American attention to its concerns as negotiations with Russia continue.