Armed conflict has continued in southeast Ukraine (the Donbas region) since April 2014, as the Ukrainian government launched a military operation against the two republics (Donetsk and Lugansk) that announced their secession after the coup in Kyiv that led to the overthrow of the government of President Viktor Yanukovych.
In Kyiv, supporters of former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko rallied against the ceasefire in Donbas, which was announced on 27 July.
A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that Ukraine is sabotaging peace in Donbas. Hundreds of people came to the Office of the President of Ukraine against the new conditions of the new ceasefire deal in the Donbas, not against the ceasefire itself. The organiser of the protest - the Resistance Movement of Capitulation, is a non-partisan association of public organisations, activists, scientists who oppose Russian aggression. Protesters claimed that with a new ceasefire deal the Ukrainian authorities disarmed Ukrainian army. The new ceasefire deal was agreed on 22 of July by members of the Tripartite Contact Group that includes representatives of Russia, Ukraine and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and was welcomed by EU officials. The latest ceasefire declaration proved controversial in Ukraine due to restrictions on soldiers returning fire. Critics accusing President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of advocating for a humiliating ceasefire that put Ukraine at a disadvantage and appeased the Kremlin. Meanwhile, the ceasefire on Donbas that was about to begin from 27 of July, failed. According to a communique by Ukraine’s military-police contingent in Donbas, at least two armed attacks against Ukrainian troops occurred in the early morning hours.