Ukrainian violent escalation, repartee between Kiev/Nato and Moscow

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The level of fighting in the east of Ukraine has come back at the highest levels during January 2015. At the same time, the verbal confrontation between Kiew/Nato and Moscow is not subsiding

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After direct engagement between Ukrainian and separatist armies in Donbass region during January 2015, where several civilians had died, Kiev has decided on allert warning for all nation on 26th January: “We must ensure the safety and the protection of civilian population”, said Prime Minister Yatseniuk validating this choice.

This violent escalation circle, after December cease of fire, has caused an exchange of accusations between Kiev and Moscow. Ukraine government has always charge with separatist to be liable for every carnage in the Eastern territories. While Putin, about regular army, has said: “Is not an army, but a foreign legion, in this case a foreign Nato legion, which, of course, doesn’t pursue the national interests of Ukraine”.

These words are at odds with Nato Secretary General speech after the Mariupol fighting, where the shelling of residential areas in the city from separatist-controlled territory has cost the lives of at least 20 civilians, and injured many more: “For several months we have seen the presence of Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, as well as a substantial increase in Russian heavy equipment such as tanks, artillery and advanced air defence systems. I strongly urge Russia to stop its military, political and financial support for the separatists, stop destabilising Ukraine and respect its international commitments”, said Stoltenberg on 24th January 2015.

Giacomo Pratali

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