Ukraine Claims Ceasefire Violations

Nov. 17, 2015 Kiev’s reports of spikes in ceasefire violations are likely meant to influence negotiations between Russia and the West.

Briefing

|November 17, 2015

At a time when the U.S. and Russia are holding talks about the status of Ukraine, the government in Kiev is raising alarm about increased fighting in eastern Ukraine and Russian moves to deploy troops and create “provocations.” While Ukraine’s authorities are generally accurate in describing spikes in ceasefire violations, statements regarding Russia’s intentions in the region are likely designed to influence the ongoing negotiations between Russia and the West.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate has announced that in the Donetsk region, Russia is redeploying special-purpose troops and military hardware prohibited by the Minsk agreements. Moreover, on Nov. 12, a spokesman for Ukraine’s Presidential Administration claimed that Russia is preparing a “provocation of the international scale against Ukraine.” At the same time, Ukrainian authorities reported that on the night of Sept.16, Russian-backed rebels used mortars, grenade launchers, anti-aircraft syste

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