The situation in Eastern Ukraine remains tense for weeks already. The ceasefire violations take place on a regular basis. However, the recent days, the situation seems to get worth. Taking into account the on-going deepening of the political crisis, the large-scale military escalation is expected in the nearest future. Or has it already begun?
According to the special statement by Public Militia of Donetsk People Republi (DPR), on April 3, Ukrainian soldiers carried out an attack on civilian settlements, using an UAV trapped with an improvised explosive device. The attack was carried out by the Ukrainian 59 brigade in the village of Aleksandrovskoe, DPR> As a result, 5-years-old boy was killed and a women was injured.
Some sources claim that a fierce artillery fire exchange took place in the Luhansk republic, near the villages of Bryanka, Stakhanov, Kirovsk, on April 2.
On April 2, Radio Svoboda Ukraine published a video reportedly showing the shelling of Ukrainian positions in the area of Donetsk airport (Peski, Vodyanoe, Donetsk region). The news agency claimed that Ukrainian positions were fired with mortars and grenade launchers.
The locals shared a big number of videos from civilian settlements near the frontlines. The following video was reportedly made in DPR:
Houses were burned in Zaitsevo. Poletaev. A few minutes before the fire, a 12.7mm caliber heavy machine gun Utyos was heard from the Ukrainian side.
According to pro-DLPR sources, Ukrainian planes arrived at the Chuguev airfield in the Kharkiv region. Ukrainian helicopters were also reportedly spotted near the Donetsk frontlines in Donetsk republic.
Videos showing dozen of Russian combat helicopters over the border with Ukraine, including the Ka-52 Alligator and Mi-28 Night Hunter attack ones, emerged online.
Meanwhile, Kiev continues the transportation of its military equipment to the frontlines, as Russia sends more troops to its borders with Ukraine and in Crimea.
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— IgorGirkin (@GirkinGirkin) April 2, 2021
BMD-4 VDV convoy on the road in Crimea.
— Status-6 (@Archer83Able) April 1, 2021
T-72 tanks echelon.
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— Status-6 (@Archer83Able) April 3, 2021
— RAGEX-WAR (@theragex) April 3, 2021
Among other military developments in Eastern Ukraine:
– On April 2, artillery of the UAF targeted Oktyabrskiy neighborhood in Donetsk
– On April 2, artillery of the UAF targeted Kuibyshevskiy district of Donetsk
– On April 2, artillery of the UAF targeted DPR positions near Alexandrovka
– On April 2, artillery of the DPR forces targeted UAF positions near Shumy
– On April 2, artillery of the DPR forces targeted UAF positions near Pisky
– On April 2, artillery of the DPR forces targeted UAF positions near Vodiane
OnApril 3, Ukrainian General Staff Spokesperson Colonel Pavelko announced that Ukraine will start participating in NATO operations in the Eastern Mediterranean and Iraq.
“We plan to increase national contribution to NATO operations and missions.”
Zelenskiyhad his first telephone conversation with Biden on April 2.
“President Biden supports Ukraine in everything, and his team highly appreciates everything that President Zelensky does in reforming the country. Joe Biden added that he is waiting for the opportunity to visit Ukraine again, and also recalled his speech in the Ukrainian parliament,” Ermak wrote on his Facebook page on Friday, commenting on the negotiations.
Biden’s call, accompanied with numerous claims of US support to Ukraine and current visits of Western military officials to Kiev and eastern frontlines, risks to be a clear signal to Zelenskiy to switch from political provocations to full-scale military attack on DPR and LNR.
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