18.02.2020 05:30 ET
The hotbed known as the Donbas region flared up again this morning as both sides accused the other of violating the ceasefire agreement in the Zolote area where a shaky peace has once again been violated.
Today at 5AM russian troops attacked Ukrainian strongholds in the #Zolote area, a heavy battle is underway using all types of weapons, including 152-mm heavy artillery. At one strong point there is a close battle with a russian assault group. Our artillery firing back.— Gregor Martin (@Guderian_Xaba) February 18, 2020
According to the BBC, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and President Zelensky has convened the Ukrainian Security Council to discuss the next course of action:
Ukraine’s military says its forces on the eastern frontline have come under heavy rebel shelling, with one soldier killed and four wounded.
But Russian-backed rebels say troops tried to break through their lines and got caught in a minefield, with two killed and three wounded.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky is convening a meeting of his Security Council to assess the flare-up.
This would be a less than ideal time for this region to become hot again as the lack of coherent European leadership invites a smoldering conflict to become somewhat hotter, while at the same time the world is fighting another problem from China.
For a point of reference, in the video below from the Ukrainian government, soldiers can be seen building checkpoints and fortifications in the Zolote region in late 2019: