Opening Bell, Round Three?
Posted by Charles II on April 14, 2015
Fighting erupted overnight and in the early hours of Tuesday on the outskirts of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, despite an agreement reached by the Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers a day earlier.
The year-long conflict between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian government forces has claimed more than 6,000 lives and left large parts of the country’s industrial heartland in ruins.
[Elsewhere,] Shyrokyne has changed hands repeatedly during the conflict.
An Associated Press reporter saw a column of at least 10 infantry combat vehicles moving from the rebel-occupied area on the Azov Sea coast to Donetsk on Tuesday morning.
It’s very likely this will escalate into a larger scale war. Only now there are NATO troops in the combat zone, with plenty of chance for miscalculation, provocation, and escalation.
I think The Saker has the right attitude toward this (make sure to watch to the end, since the first half is unrelentingly grim).
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