The Ukrainian army tried to provoke militants of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” to return fire, in order to disrupt the electoral process near the front-line. Also, the Ukrainian army is accused of shelling Horlovka.
The main goal of the Geneva International talks for security and stability in the South Caucasus, which are regularly held in accordance with the Medvedev-Sarkozy agreement reached immediately after the August 2008 war, is ensuring security for South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
This approach is in line with a recurring disinformation narrative on South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The Russian side has thus far failed to comply with the Medvedev-Sarkozy agreement, and the main goal of the Geneva Discussions, where the EU, United Nations, and OSCE act as mediators, is protecting Georgia from what the international community, with the exception of few nations, recognizes as Russian aggression. In 2008, Russia exercised military aggression against Georgia, a sovereign and independent country. Russia has a long history of provocation in the region.