Those of you who have followed the conflict in eastern Ukraine, will raise a rye smile at the mention of a new ceasefire. Ukraine ceases, Russia fires is a popular refrain.
Well Sunday saw another ceasefire kick in. On Sunday – OSCE reported some limited firing, and today Ukrainian military reported a substantial reduction in Russia’s forces firing, with just 1 firing attack listed. Sadly, 2 Ukrainian soldiers have been listed as killed and 2 wounded on Sunday. On patrol near the town of Shchastya in Ukraine’s Luhansk region, the soldiers set off an explosive device, laid by a Russia’s forces sabotage group.
Traditionally, ceasefires get broken and disregarded after about a week. During that time, both sides will busy themselves strengthening their military positions. And for a few fleeting days, tens of thousands of civilians living on the front line try to live normal lives. For them ceasefires bring a little peace, a chance to get outside more, and a reduced risk of getting their heads blown off.
Meanwhile in occupied Ukraine.
Above July 20th (translated) post by the Donetsk republic mentions the new “indefinite” ceasefire. States “each soldier” in Russia’s Donetsk and Luhansk republics, has been told there’s a “ban” on the “deployment of heavy weapons” in schools, kindergartens, hospitals, public places and infrastructure.
This tells us Russia’s forces soldiers have previously been allowed to fire from these civilian areas. We’ve always known they do, but it’s nice to have it confirmed.
Fingers crossed, the ceasefire holds beyond this week.
But I advise you don’t put any money on it.