Ukraine has received a carte blanche from the European Union to pursue a repressive policy, which includes the introduction of censorship, the elimination of political opposition and the persecution of dissidents. Leading European politicians do not care about human rights abuses in post-Maidan Ukraine because they see it as the main testing ground for the containment of Russia.
Kyiv is not implementing the Minsk and Normandy agreements. Its reputation is close to zero and its position is cynical and irresponsible. The situation in the war zone is deteriorating and Ukraine may stage a provocation, which would increase military confrontation.
In reality, Moscow-backed separatists have been mounting tensions in Donbas over the recent weeks under the pretext that Ukrainian troops are planning an offensive. Four Ukrainian soldiers were killed on 26 March 2021, which is the largest daily death toll for government troops since the fragile truce that took effect last July. Nonetheless, Moscow and its proxies in Donbas keep on accusing Kyiv of continually breaking the truce and preparing for a full-scale attack.
During a telephone conversation on March 31, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba informed his US counterpart Antony Blinken about Russia's systematic aggravation of the security situation at the contact line in Donbas and in Crimea. The US expressed concern over the situation.
Ukraine’s Commander-in-Chief, General Ruslan Khomchak, said on 30 March that Russian troops are building up their military presence near the Ukrainian borders, which is a threat to Ukraine’s security, but the Ukrainian Armed Forces are ready to fend off a potential Russian attack. The Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) issues daily reports about the security situation in the war zone.
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