Ukrainian soldier killed as Russian war in Donbas escalates – KyivPost

A Ukrainian soldier was fatally injured on March 12 by a Russian sniper near the frontline town of Mariinka, 30 kilometers west of Kremlin-occupied Donetsk.

A day later, another Ukrainian serviceman was wounded by enemy fire.

On March 12, Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, said Ukrainian leaders were well aware of the deterioration of the ceasefire imposed in July.

“The number of bombings is increasing, but we cannot say that there is a critical situation,” Danilov said. “The situation is completely under control.

Since the start of 2021, Russia‘s attacks on Ukraine have intensified.

On February 28, a soldier was killed near the frontline village of Pyshchevyk in Donetsk oblast, about 117 kilometers south of Donetsk.

A total of 13 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed by enemy fire since the start of the year.

There is no sign that the situation will improve in the near future.

In early March, Russian-led activists made public statements saying Ukraine was ready to resume military action in March. According to Russian proxies, they are opening fire to prevent a Ukrainian attack.

These statements were denied by Danilov and there is currently no indication that Ukraine is ready to launch a military operation to regain control of the territory occupied by Russia.

No peace

President Volodymyr Zelensky sought ways to end the Russian war against Ukraine, which began with the military invasion and takeover of the Crimean Peninsula, and then quickly spread to the invasion of Ukraine. Eastern Donbass.

However, the desire is one-sided.

On March 9, Zelensky pledged to convene the long-awaited Normandy Quatre peace summit to discuss an end to Russia’s war in the Donbass, whatever the cost.

“It has to be kept,” the president said.

However, there is no indication that Russia, one of the four countries in Normandy alongside Germany, France and Ukraine, wants the meeting to take place.

The last Normandy Four meeting was held in December 2019 in Paris and gave mixed results.

Two prisoner exchanges took place, bringing more than 100 Ukrainians home. On July 27, a ceasefire between Ukraine and Russia and their proxies was declared.

However, no breakthrough has taken place.

Russia refused to participate in the Normandy Four meeting scheduled for April 2020 and has refused to participate since.

In January, Ann Linde, president of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), said it was Russia that was blocking the future meeting.

“At the Paris summit, there was an agreement on a new leaders meeting under several conditions,” Linde said.

“Ukraine has fulfilled all the conditions, Russia, unfortunately, has not yet done so,” added Linde, who is also Swedish foreign minister.

More than 13,000 people have been killed as a result of the war in Russia and at least 1.5 million people have been displaced.