May 22, 2022

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News of the crisis in Russia and Ukraine on February 18

On February 7, 2022, in the Donetsk region, a Ukrainian soldier walks into the front line Marinka with Russian-backed separatists. (Photo: ALEKSEY FILIPPOV / via AFP Getty Images)

Ukrainian and US officials say the car bombing of a Russian-backed separatist stronghold was a premeditated attack to provoke tensions in eastern Ukraine.

Video of the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine shows a military vehicle set on fire and severely damaged in a parking lot near the headquarters of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), one of the country’s controlled areas by Russian-backed separatists. .

One of the DPR’s official channels said, “At 19:00, a car exploded in a parking lot near the Government House. A shock wave was heard throughout the city. The Ministry of Emergency Situations rushed to the scene of the explosion.

Pictures and videos showed emergency services at the scene and CNN showing a badly damaged vehicle identified as a Jeep made in Russia. There is no way to verify what caused the damage to the vehicle or the fire.

“We think this is an organization and provocation,” Anton Zherashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister, told CNN on WhatsApp. A US State Department spokesman described the incident as a “false flag operation” and reflected further attempts to cover up Russia’s occupation with lies and misinformation, including incidents such as the car bombing and calls from separatist leaders for alleged invasion of Ukraine.

More context: US officials and other Western leaders have repeatedly warned that Russia could provoke violence in eastern Ukraine and create excuses for a full-scale invasion.

This comes after observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) announced a sharp increase in ceasefire violations on the front lines separating Ukrainian and separatist forces into eastern Ukraine from this Thursday.

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“As a result of civilian casualties and damage to public property and infrastructure in the last 24 hours, the mission was sent back to several patrols, including a kindergarten in Donetsk and Luhansk areas and a train station in Stanitsia,” OSCE said. Luhansk (controlled by the government, 16 km northeast of Luhansk) “.

The two sides in the conflict accused each other of violating the ceasefire agreement on Thursday.

The war, which began in eastern Ukraine in 2014, has claimed more than 14,000 lives. Heavy fighting in 2014 and 2015 left the eastern provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk in the hands of pro-Russian separatists. The DPR is not approved by any government, including the Russian government.