The ongoing tension between Ukraine and Russia now appears to be taking a violent form. A Ukrainian army soldier has been killed and another seriously injured in a mortar attack by Russian-backed rebels in the Crimean peninsula. The latest violence is expected to deepen the ongoing tension between Ukraine and Russia. Senior Ukrainian ministers have already warned of the threat of World War III. At the same time, Russia has also retaliated and threatened not to repeat nuclear war and the Cuban crisis.
Ukraine battling with Russia-backed rebels
Ukraine has been battling pro-Moscow rebels in two separate regions bordering Russia since 2014. During the war that took place at the same time, Russia annexed the Crimea of Ukraine. Russia believes that the region is historically part of Ukraine. Relations with Russia have been strained since the 2014 change of power in Ukraine.
Grenade and mortar target
Ukraine’s military said separatists targeted its positions with grenade launchers and mortars. In a post on Facebook, the Ukrainian military said that one soldier seriously injured in the attack had died, while another was being treated at a hospital. Ukraine, the United States and its backing Western countries have been accusing Russia of supporting the rebels militarily, while Moscow has always denied it.
America said – if attacked, it will impose sanctions
US President Joe Biden has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin of sanctions he has never seen before if Ukraine is attacked. European Union leaders on Thursday urged Moscow to halt its military deployment and return to talks led by France and Germany. The conflict in eastern Ukraine has so far killed more than 13,000 people.
Why tension flared up in Russia-Ukraine
Earlier this week, the Ukrainian military launched strikes with Turkey’s TB2 unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAV) against separatists in the Donbass. In January 2015, there were fierce clashes between Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists. On February 12, 2015, fierce fighting took place at Donetsk International Airport and Debaltsev before a new ceasefire named Minsk II was agreed.
President Putin and the Russian Army