Ukraine situation: Kiev defines Russia as ‘aggressor’ state

Ukrainian soldiers fire a howitzer close to a frontline in the eastern Donetsk region. Photo: 11 January 2018 Symbol copyright EPA Image caption Ukraine and professional-Russian rebels accuse one another of violating a ceasefire agreed ahead of New Year

Ukraine’s parliament has passed a legislation defining spaces seized by pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country as quickly occupied by way of Russia.

The regulation at the reintegration of the area was once backed by way of 280 MPs, calling Russia an “aggressor” state.

Moscow condemned the move, saying it will handiest be considered as coaching “for a brand new conflict”.

More than 10,000 folks have died in the japanese Donetsk and Luhansk area since the battle started in April 2014.

A month earlier Russia seized Ukraine’s southern Crimea peninsula.

Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of sending its troops to the area and arming the separatists.

Moscow denies this, but admits that Russian “volunteers” are serving to the rebels.

In a press release on Thursday, the Russian international ministry accused Kiev of seeking to clear up the conflict in the east by means of force.

It also said the brand new legislation violated the Minsk peace accords, which have been agreed in 2015.

The upward push in tensions among Kiev and Moscow comes just weeks after Ukraine and the separatists exchanged loads of prisoners – in a single of the most important swaps since the war erupted.

Ukrainian media unimpressed

By BBC Monitoring

The new legislation is splashed throughout Ukrainian newspaper entrance pages on Friday – and many appear unimpressed.

In a highly crucial piece, the opposition tabloid Vesti expressed human rights considerations, asking “who will be thought to be the ‘enemy of the other people’, whose homes may be searched and who will make a profit at the business with the rebel regions?”

News web site Ukrayinska Pravda could also be sceptical, announcing: “Regardless Of the plaudits, both the government and the competition admit: the law doesn’t solve the problem of de-career.”

“Contentious legislation adopted: How we can regain Donbass”, reads a headline in the KP newspaper, which additionally appears intimately at the “arguable clauses that didn’t make it into the regulation”.

Russia’s influential Kommersant newspaper says the brand new regulation successfully cancels the Minsk Accords and sees Kiev “turning its back on Paris and Berlin, the guarantors of the Minsk procedure, and placing the strategic stake on Washington.”

And Moskovsky Komsomolets says the Ukrainian government “have accepted the ATO anti-terrorist operation soldiers to do everything they did illegally earlier than.”

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