The ongoing escalation of Donbas conflict is taking place because the Ukrainian government tries to extort money from the foreign institutions, while ‘posing Ukraine as victim of aggression’. Russian president Vladimir Putin said this as quoted by RIA Novosti news agency.
‘The Ukrainian leaders need money; the best option to extort them is talking to the EU, the United States and foreign financial institutions, while they pose themselves as victims of aggression,’ Putin said.
According to him, it is the Ukrainian side that is behind the escalation.
The continuous outbreak of violence in Avdiivka, Donetsk region, keeps on claiming lives of both Ukrainian soldiers and militants; even civilians found themselves under extremely strong artillery fire – they get wounded and killed, too. The state of emergency was declared on January 31 in Avdiivka; people face humanitarian crisis due to heavy shelling that critically damaged infrastructure objects, cutting civilians from electricity, water supplies and heating systems. Rescue teams, local authorities, volunteers and law enforcement agencies deliver the civilians food, water, warm clothes, medicines and other items of first necessity.