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The War in Donbass is an armed conflict in the Donbass region of Ukraine. From the beginning of March 2014, protests by pro-Russian and anti-government groups took place in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine, commonly collectively called the "Donbass", in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and the Euromaidanmovement. These demonstrations, which followed the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation(February to March 2014), and which were part of a wider group of concurrent pro-Russian protests across southern and eastern Ukraine, escalated into an armed conflict between the separatistforces of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR respectively), and the Ukrainian government.[40] In the Donetsk People's Republic, from May 2014 until a change of the top leadership in August 2014,[41]some of the top leaders were Russian citizens.[42] During the middle of 2014, Russian paramilitaries were reported to make up between 15% to 80% (Ukrainian data) of the combatants There were an estimated 6,000 Russian troops and 40,000 rebels in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine as of September 2017.

Between 22 and 25 August 2014 a Russian "humanitarian convoy" crossed the border into Ukrainian territory without the permission of the Ukrainian government. Crossings occurred both in areas under the control of pro-Russian forces and in areas that were not under their control, such as the south-eastern part of Donetsk Oblast, near Novoazovsk. These events followed the reported shelling of Ukrainian positions from the Russian side of the border over the course of the preceding month.Head of the Security Service of Ukraine, Valentyn Nalyvaichenko characterised the events of 22 August as a "direct invasion by Russia of Ukraine".Western and Ukrainian officials described these events as a "stealth invasion" of Ukraine by Russia.

Russia's official position on the presence of Russian forces in Donbass has been vague: while official bodies have denied presence of "regular armed forces" in Ukraine, it has on numerous occasions confirmed presence of "military specialists" and used other euphemisms, usually accompanied by an argument that Russia "was forced" to deploy them to "defend the Russian-speaking population".By the end of 2017, OSCE observatory mission had accounted for around 30,000 individuals in military-style dress crossing from Russia to Donbass just at two border checkpoints it was allowed to monitor.

Subsequently, DPR and LPR insurgents regained much of the territory they had lost during the Ukrainian government's preceding military offensive. Ukraine, Russia, the DPR and the LPR signed an agreement to establish a ceasefire, called the Minsk Protocol, on 5 September 2014. Violations of the ceasefire on both sides became common. Amidst the solidification of the line between insurgent and government-controlled territory during the ceasefire, warlords took control of swaths of land on the insurgent side, leading to further destabilisation.The ceasefire completely collapsed in January 2015, with renewed heavy fighting across the conflict zone, including at Donetsk International Airport and at Debaltseve. Involved parties agreed to a new ceasefire, called Minsk II, on 12 February 2015. Immediately following the signing of the agreement, separatist forces launched an offensive on Debaltseve and forced Ukrainian forces to withdraw from it. In the months after the fall of Debaltseve, minor skirmishes continued along the line of contact, but no territorial changes occurred. This state of stalemate led to the war being labelled a "frozen conflict";the area stayed a war zone, with dozens of soldiers and civilians killed each month.In 2017 on average one Ukrainian soldier died in combat every three days.Since the start of the conflict there have been more than ten ceasefires, each intended to operate indefinitely, none of them stopped the violence.The latest new "comprehensive and indefinite ceasefire regime" started on 1 July 2018.But within hours both the DPR and the Ukrainian army and the LPR had accused each other of violating this truce.

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UKRAINE CONFLICT: US Forces Aggressively Ukraine War : Ukraine Reccoganised Group 1 day ago   10:14

UKRAINE CONFLICT: US Forces Aggressively Respond To Putin’s Military Moves - The US military responded this week to what it calls Russia's "unlawful and destabilizing actions" in Ukraine and elsewhere by pushing back against Moscow on the seas and in the air.

In the second US military operation in as many days, a US Air Force OC-135 observation aircraft conducted an "extraordinary flight" Thursday under the Open Skies Treaty "to reaffirm US commitment to Ukraine," the Pentagon said.
The flight came the day after the US Navy had sailed the guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell near the Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan, a move that irked Russia, which maintains a territorial claim on the disputed waters that is not acknowledged by the US.
'A pattern'
Also on Wednesday, CNN reported that the US has begun making the necessary preparations to sail a warship into the Black Sea as a possible response to Russia's seizure of Ukrainian ships and sailors following a clash in the Kerch Strait.
The Pentagon is "signaling a counter to the latest series of Russian actions and provocations that ramped up tensions in the region yet again," Peter Singer, a strategist and senior fellow at the think tank New America, told CNN.
"Russia's unprovoked attack on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait is a dangerous escalation in a pattern of increasingly provocative and threatening activity," Pentagon spokesperson Eric Pahon told CNN on Thursday.
"The United States seeks a better relationship with Russia, but this cannot happen while its unlawful and destabilizing actions continue in Ukraine and elsewhere," he said.

US conducts 'extraordinary' observation flight to reaffirm commitment to Ukraine
The military's robust response to Russia in recent days underscores the silence from President Donald Trump when it comes to criticizing Russian aggression, Singer noted, pointing to the clash in the Kerch Strait as a recent example.
"What is fascinating is the utter disconnect between what the Pentagon is trying to communicate to Russia and the silence of the President," he said.
But while Trump has appeared reluctant to initiate the full range of sanctions and diplomatic options at his disposal to counter Russia, the administration may be using the military as a way to apply pressure until officials determine they have struck the right balance, according to Boris Zilberman, a Russia expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
"The US Navy is right to conduct these freedom of navigation operations and should continue to do so," Zilberman said.
Russia continues its push to militarize waters near the Sea of Japan and has been trying to project an increased role in the Pacific, according to Zilberman. He said the latest US operation in the Sea of Japan may indicate increasing US concern about Russia's posturing in the Pacific.
Line in the sand
The Pentagon is likely trying to draw a line in the sand early on to prevent further escalation in the region, he said.
"Russia must know that the US will not allow them to militarize international waterways in key areas such as the Black Sea, the Sea of Japan or Okhotsk, or elsewhere," Zilberman said. If not, he added, "it should be clear by now that when (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is not confronted, he will continue to act aggressively against the interests of the United States and our allies."
A US Navy official told CNN that the USS McCampbell's passage through the disputed waters was the first time the US has conducted a freedom of navigation operation in that area since 1987, when the Soviet Union was the government making those claims.
Amid the flurry of Russian and US activity, the President has been relatively quiet.
As world leaders denounced Russia's aggression against Ukraine ahead of the G20 summit, Trump waited more than a day before offering a muted response, leaving the task of criticizing Moscow to the outgoing US ambassador to the UN.
Trump cancels meeting with Putin citing Ukraine

When asked how he felt about the clash, Trump said, "Not good. Not happy about it at all." He seemed reluctant to blame Russia, adding, "We do not like what's happening either way. And hopefully it will get straightened out."
Ultimately, however, Russia's actions and its detention of Ukrainian sailors prompted Trump to cancel a planned meeting with Putin during the G20 summit.

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