Unrest continue in Ukraine, President to visit Donbass
KYIV (UKRAINE) – Following a rise in tension with Russia over a long-running conflict, unrest has been prevailing in Easter Ukraine for quite some time now. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has informed that he will pay a visit to the region to assess the situation.
“Yes, he (Zelenskiy) is going to Donbass today. To directly assess the situation on the spot,” Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Zelenskiy’s chief of staff informed.
Kyiv has raised the alarm over a buildup of Russian forces near the border between Ukraine and Russia, and over a rise in violence along the line of contact separating Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine’s Donbass region.
Zelenskiy called on NATO on Tuesday to lay out a path for Ukraine to join the Western military alliance. His comments drew an immediate rebuke from Moscow, which said Kyiv’s approach to NATO could further inflame the situation.
Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists accuse each other of breaching a ceasefire in Donbass. Zelenskiy said this week that 24 Ukrainian servicemen had been killed so far this year.