Monday, April 27, 2015

Putin ‘Ramps up Pressure’ on Ukraine

Russia is building up forces on its borders with Ukraine, prompting pro-Kiev forces and analysts to predict an impending pro-Russian attack in the near future.
Fighting in eastern Ukraine’s war-stricken Donbas region has fallen dramatically since an initially shaky ceasefire was signed by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and the separatist groups in Minsk in February. However U.S. and Ukrainian officials have reported that Russia is gathering its regular troops at Russian-Ukrainian border again, fueling fears of another escalation of violence.
“Putin is ramping up pressure on Ukraine by adding troops on the eastern border and in Crimea and by increasing the violations across the ceasefire line,” former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst says.
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Ukraine truce: Shelling 'an everyday occurrence' near Mariupol:
The BBC's Tom Burridge reports from Shyrokyne, close to the key port city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, where he hears a "constant barrage" of mortars from pro-Russian troops on Ukrainian army positions, despite the ceasefire agreement.

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