A ceasefire agreed in Minsk in February for eastern Ukraine keeps being breached. Neither side says it’s responsible. Locals caught in the crossfire just want to get on with their lives.
Ukraine's military says nine soldiers have died in clashes with Russia-backed rebels in the east of the country. The violence follows a separatist announcement of a plan to form a new state called Little Russia.
Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk have declared all of Ukraine to be part of "Little Russia." Could the move undo the Minsk Protocol aimed at keeping the peace in the region?
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said that a ceasefire ahead of the holiday period should be respected "for the sake of the civilian population."
US Defense Secretary James Mattis has called Russia an international menace during a visit to Kyiv. He also discussed expanding the US's support for Ukraine's government in its fight against rebels.
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