Six Ukraine servicemen have been killed and 12 wounded in the past two-days in the east of the country in demonstration of a rekindling in fighting between the Kiev national government and Russian-backed rebels.
The two sides, who signed a cease fire agreement at Minsk, Belarus, recently, have accused each other of violating the terms of peace. Earlier this week, both sides also agreed that along with heavy artillery, small artillery should also be withdrawn from the conflict zones. Yet, there has been a marked increase in hostilities in the past 48-hours.
NATO commander, United States(US) General Philip Breedlove, expressed concern over the new flare-up in fighting in Ukraine. In a Tweet, as reported by Reuters, General Breedlove said it was "...vital all sides pull back verifiably" and he urged Russia to stop fueling the conflict.
But new fighting in Ukraine's east suggests Russia's Vladimir Putin has not received as many RSVPs as he had anticipated to his WWII 70th anniversary events slated for August. Thus, he feels shunned, and would like to vent his frustrations upon Ukraine's aspirations to westernization.
Moreover, renewed fighting in Ukraine could be attributed to Putin's brattish response to his second-year of not receiving an invitation to ongoing G7 talks. Hence, Ukraine remains the Russian President's play book to demanding attention like that accorded to emperors of yore.