Renewed battles between separatists and government forces served as a signal for Ukraine to start preparing for the Russian invasion.
The president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, warned that the threat of Russian invasion is real, and that the escalation of violence only confirms that.
At the same time, Russia claims that its troops don’t participate in fighting, despite the fact that Russia supports the rebels’ goals.
On the other hand, Mr. Poroshenko claims that 9,000 Russian troops are already it their fighting positions in Ukraine, and he believes that more of them could arrive.
Fierce 12-hour fighting on Wednesday resulted in killing at least 26 people, wounding 39 people, and according to rebels, five of their 21 dead were civilians.
The temporary cessation in fighting had been agreed between the two sides, but the UN says that the total number of war victims already exceeded 6,400.
The sudden outburst of aggression of rebels, who allegedly had an intention of seizing the government-held town of Maryinka, led Poroshenko to believe that extensive military operations are very possible.
This is why he wants the military to be prepared for the Russian invasion along the whole length of the border between Russia and Ukraine.
NATO’s secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg stated that NATO is convinced that Russia, apart from providing the rebels with significant amounts of weapons, has already sent its troops to Ukraine.
As Stoltenberg said, rebels have already received over 1,000 units of artillery, anti-aircraft systems and advanced weapons systems from Russia.
According to him, this is the reason why the end of conflict primarily depends on Russia.