In the past few days tensions in eastern Ukraine suddenly and unexpectedly escalated, with Kiev and the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) accusing each other of starting the shelling on Jan. 29 and Jan. 30. Whatever the truth, dozens are dead and the outskirts of Donetsk have been left without electricity.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko cut short his visit to Germany and urgently convened an emergency meeting of the Contact Group for the settlement of the Donbass conflict, as well as appealed to the United Nations.
Experts point out that the fighting began on the day following the telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and newly-elected U.S. President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly stated his desire to distance himself from the Ukrainian conflict.
“No one knows what really happened and who lit the match to the powder keg; the situation has been potentially explosive all this time as neither side is implementing the Minsk accords,” said Kost Bondarenko, director of the Ukrainian Politics foundation.
Escalation is a way to draw attention to oneself, Russian experts said. Anyway, the DNR reciprocated and can continue reciprocating for a long time to come. The result is that the frozen conflict remains while the Minsk accords are quickly melting away.
This post was published at RBTH