Russia-Ukraine war reignites with new clashes in Donbas, ceasefire violated 31 times over past two days

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting via video conference with officials and government cabinet members in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 11, 2021. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting via video conference with officials and government cabinet members in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 11, 2021. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting via video conference with officials and government cabinet members in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 11, 2021. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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UPDATED 11:11 AM PT – Thursday, March 11, 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin has escalated attacks on Ukrainian troops in the eastern regions of the country. The government of Ukraine is now announcing a “full preparedness” of its military to another round of escalation in an ongoing war.

“There is a threat and we see it,” stated Leonid Kravchuk, leader of the Ukrainian delegation for Donbas peace talks. “And we’ll provide a reciprocal response to every threat posed to our military.”

The Ukraine-Russian ceasefire was violated at least 31 times over the past two days, which resulted in the deaths of two members of Kremlin-backed terror groups. The war in Eastern Ukraine is now entering its eighth year.

“During its entire history, Ukraine — and it’s important to point out — Ukraine has never pursued aggressive goals,”Kravchuk continued. “Ukraine has always defended itself from the enemy and today we are defending from the enemy behind the Kremlin walls.”

Amid the clashes, Ukraine and the European Union drafted a new proposal to end the war and reintegrate its eastern regions. The plan has been presented to the Kremlin, which is not expected to ratify it anytime soon as the war continues.

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