The current conflict between the Donbass Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk has largely been frozen for over a year with the contact lines between the Donbass Republics and the Kiev regime stabilising after years of intense fighting.
However, a recent move by the Kiev regime threatens to re-ignite the conflict. Kiev’s Rada (parliament) recently passed a new ordinance called the Donbass Reintegration Law which explicitly allows for full scale war against Donetsk and Lugansk. Russia has criticised the Donbass Reintegration Law under the guise that it violates both the letter and spirit of the Minsk II Peace Accords which call for de-escalation and a political solution to the conflict.
With a recently completed arms deal in which the US sold the regime new anti-tank weapons, it appears that regime forces may attempt to break the current contact lines and fully engage the armed forces of the Donbass republics in what could be a new deadly phase of the war.
Today at 15.00 local time, an explosive device went off near several parked cars in the Voroshilovskiy district of Donetsk. One person is thought to be injured. Local authorities continue to investigate the cause of the blast with many suspected a terrorist interloper from regime held territory may have placed the device in the local car park.